Baked oysters with oil and parsley

For 6 to 36 people

Coarse Sea salt or fine pebbles washed

36 oysters scrubbed and shelled then placed back in the deeper shell keeping as much of the liquid as possible in each shell

1 1/2 tablespoons of fine dry breadcrumbs

1 1/2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley

Freshly ground pepper

4 tablespoons of olive oil

A squeeze of lemon and a drop of Tabasco for each oyster

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 250C Hot.

The oysters need to be in one layer so have a dish or dishes big enough.

Spread the salt or pebbles over the dish.

Arrange the oysters on the salt/pebbles this helps keep them upright and hot once cooked.

Top each oyster with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and parsley and a turn of the pepper mill.

Pop the oysters into the oven for 3 to 4 minutes and serve at once with a squeeze of lemon and the one drop of Tabasco.

We like to have this dish with drinks before Christmas lunch, its even better with some of the Baked oysters with parmesan.

36 oysters will serve 6 as a antipasti or up to 36 as finger /party food.

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