Wood-Roasted Oysters with Two Toppings

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Main Ingredient: Seafood
Menu Part: Appetizer
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 12

The smokey flavor of the roasted oysters is highlighted by the lemon and aoli toppings. An earthy and delicious preparation, oyster lovers will be delighted.

Ingredients

Wood chips, as needed
1⁄4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp. each cilantro, basil and mint, finely chopped
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1⁄4 cup prepared lemon aïoli
1 dozen large, fresh oysters

Steps

1. Soak wood chips in water approx. 20 min; spread on a sheet pan.

2. In a food processor, combine oil, herbs and vinegar; whisk in melted butter.

3. On a separate sheet pan, arrange shucked oysters on a bed of rock salt. Top oysters, alternately, with herb drizzle or lemon aïoli. Place on rack in oven above wood chips and bake at 450° F until shells open. Serve with additional herb drizzle and aïoli, if desired.