Angels on Horseback, is the more poetic name for Oysters en Brochette, or skewered Oysters wrapped in bacon, how could you possibly go wrong with Oysters and Bacon?
I tossed the Oysters in a quick little marinade while I par-cooked the Bacon, partially cooked bacon is the key to keeping your Oysters from overcooking. You can make these little beauties under your broiler, I made mine on the grill; whichever you choose, just wrap the Rosemary leaves in a little aluminum foil to keep them from burning.
A lot of the classic versions of this dish are battered and deep fried, I skipped that step because I just like them straight off of the grill.
Traditionally these are served with toast points, but if you forget to buy bread like I did, a small salad will work out just fine.
Angels On Horseback or Oysters en Brochette Recipe
1 Dozen shucked Oysters
1 Dozen Thick sliced bacon, or 6 slices cut in half, if your Oysters are small
4 Rosemary stems, trimmed of leaves except for one inch at the top
1 Clove garlic chopped
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 pinch Cayenne
1 tsp chopped Parsley
Kosher salt & Black pepper
Cook off the bacon until just slightly browned.
In the meantime, marinate the Oysters in the garlic, lemon juice, cayenne, and parsley, 10-15 minutes should do the trick.
If you have small Oysters, cut the bacon slices in half crosswise. I had huge Oysters yesterday, so I used a whole slice for each one.
Wrap the bacon around the Oysters, then thread on to the Rosemary skewers, 3 or more to a skewer, keeping the Oysters tightly together. Season with a little Kosher salt and a lot of freshly ground black pepper.
To grill or broil:
Wrap the rosemary leaves in aluminum foil to keep them from burning and place the brochettes on a hot grill, or under a broiler. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the edges of the Oysters are curled. Serve with toast points or a small salad. I made a Baby Spinach salad with Creole Mustard Vinaigrette. These also go well served with a Beurre Blanc.
Serves 2 as an appetizer.
Don’t forget to check out my Index of Creole & Cajun Recipes!
More Oyster Recipes here on Nola Cuisine:
Chargrilled Oysters with Artichoke Garlic Cream Sauce
Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters
Oysters on the Half Shell