“Patties” is something of a misnomer for this old-fashioned New Orleans dish, which is made by filling puff pastry shells with oysters and an herb-flecked bacon-cream sauce. The classic recipe contains fresh thyme, but I prefer fresh sage for its harmony with the bacon in the sauce. Louisiana oysters are ideal for this dish, but if you are near coastal waters with fresh native oysters, by all means use them.
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