Baked Oysters and Apples for #SundaySupper

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Comfort food is relished and appreciated based on tradition and memory. Macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, gumbo, and chili are classic comfort foods (among many) that have survived time and countless recipe variations. I celebrate these classics as well, but for me, baked oysters and apples is becoming a new fall favorite. Apples are in season and oysters, particularly Chesapeake Bay oysters, are a bargain (less than $6.00 a dozen at a local seafood market). I love oysters with anything. They are versatile and are my favorite sustainable seafood.

I’m adding my oyster-and-apple creation to #SundaySupper in celebration of comfort food. At least once a month, I participate in #SundaySupper, which is a movement to bring back Sunday Supper with family. Isabel Foodie of the Family Foodie blog is the formidable force behind this movement. Fifty-five bloggers will be using the #SundaySupper hasthtag this Sunday and will be blogging about their favorite comfort foods and desserts. Plus Martin Redmond of the fabulous ENOFYLZ Wine Blog will suggest wine pairings for comfort foods. At the end of this post, check out the list of links to other blogs that are celebrating comfort food for #SundaySupper.

Recipe: Baked Oysters and Apples (Serves 3 as a main dish or 5 as an appetizer)

Ingredients
5 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 small yellow onion, minced
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 large Gala or Macintosh apple, diced small
1 large lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Cracked pepper
1 dozen oysters in the shell (get oysters with medium salinity or just ask for “sweet” oysters)
Rock salt (for holding oyster shells upright in oven). 

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice over diced apples.
  3. Add apples and Panko bread crumbs to the butter and onion and mix thoroughly until bread crumbs and apple are coated.
  4. Stir in ground cardamom and cracked pepper and set mixture aside.
  5. Shuck oysters, cup side down, reserving as much liquid as possible in the oyster cup.
  6. Place rock salt in thin layer on the cookie sheet (to help hold oysters upright)
  7. Set oyster in shell on cookie sheet.
  8. Spoon one teaspoon of apple mixture on top of each oyster.
  9. Place pan in a preheated, 450-degree oven.
  10. Roast oysters and apples for 6-9 minutes.
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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Amber! It IS a delicious combo–and it surprised me how compatible the flavors are. I just love it when bloggers let me know that they are fellow Marylanders. We DO have awesome seafood. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    Best,
    Alaiyo

  2. says

    I love oysters, but I’ve never baked them and I’ve never had them with apples. What a great combination! Can’t wait to try it when we start seeing local oysters in the fish markets here in NC.

  3. says

    Funny story – we had a restaurant in Tampa that specialized in different oyster recipes, one of which was a apple pie oyster. I never tried it but after seeing your photos, I may have to give it a try. Awesome!

    • says

      Thanks for the story Megan. I don’t know if I would have named a dish “Apple Pie Oyster,” but it’s good to know that a chef also thought that apples on oysters is a good idea.

  4. says

    I love baked oysters! Awesome recipe. I’m going apple picking next weekend. If I’m able to find some oysters in the boonies of Georgia I will be making this for my family.

  5. says

    So I will confess that I have yet to have oysters that I like. I struggle with the texture not the taste. But my husband loves them so I keep trying to like them. These do sound interesting with the added apple.

  6. says

    yummmmmm! I love oysters. I can throw down a whole plate of them in seconds. I love that you added apples to them. Makes me want to live by the sea. :(

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