Angels on Horseback


Makes 36

  • by from Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking
    Season 4, Ep. 9

Traditionally, angels on horseback are broiled bacon-wrapped oysters, but this version is served on the half-shell topped with ham and a fragrant herb butter.

  • 8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • Juice and finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Large pinch seasoning blend, such as Old Bay
  • 3 dozen raw oysters, shucked and left on the half-shell
  • 8 oz. thin-cut country ham, cut into 2-inch pieces

Prepare a high (500°F to 600°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice and zest, rosemary, parsley, thyme, garlic, and seasoning blend. Transfer the butter mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap, and roll into a 2-inch-thick log. Refrigerate until slightly firm, about 15 minutes, then slice the butter into 36 pats.

Top each oyster with a pat of butter and a piece of country ham. Place the oysters on the hot grill. Close the lid and cook until the butter sizzles and the oyster liquor is bubbling, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the oysters to a platter, trying to keep the liquor inside. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead Tips

The butter mixture can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 70, Fat Calories (kcal): 50, Fat (g): 6, Saturated Fat (g): 3.5, Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5, Cholesterol (mg): 20, Sodium (mg): 200, Carbohydrates (g): 1, Fiber (g): 0, Sugar (g): 0, Protein (g): 3

Photo: Bleacher+Everard

Recipe adapted from Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.

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