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   February is an ideal month to enjoy oysters for two reasons: cooler weather and Valentine’s Day. The shelled delicacies taste best when harvested in fall and winter, and they're loaded with zinc—a mineral that helps the body produce testosterone—which gives them their aphrodisiac reputation. Low in calories and cholesterol, they’re also good sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Some of our favorite places to order oysters for two are PB Catch in Palm Beach, Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens and City Oyster in Delray Beach.

   Don't want to leave the house? Cook up a romantic dinner with one of these oyster recipes from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

 

Florida Oysters Rockefeller

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 36 oysters, shucked, on the half shell
  • 2 cups spinach, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cupcrispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/4 tablespoonhot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 lemons, quartered for garnish
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven on high broil. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine spinach, bacon, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, bell pepper, parsley, hot sauce and lemon juice. Stir ingredients to combine. Taste spinach mixture, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Place one tablespoon or so of the spinach mixture on top of each half shell oyster. Place all stuffed oysters on a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the middle rack of the oven. Carefully watch the oysters under the broiler, and let them cook for several minutes until the oyster edges curl and the top of the stuffing is golden brown and bubbly. Serve oysters over a bed of ice cream salt with lemon wedges.


 

Lemon Garlic Oysters

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 36 oysters in the shell
  • 6 ounces butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Wash oysters thoroughly. Shuck and place oyster meat on deep half of shell; remove any remaining shell particles. Arrange on baking sheet, cover and refrigerate. Combine remaining ingredients in sauce pot and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, let cool. Top each oyster with 1/2 teaspoon of butter mixture and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 10 minutes or until edges begin to curl.

Pan-Roasted Florida Oysters

 
Serves 2-4
Ingredients
  • 12 oysters, on the half shell
  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, fine diced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • lemon, quartered for garnish

Preheat oven broiler on medium-high. In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, bell pepper, garlic and parsley. Stir butter to combine all ingredients, and season lightly with salt and butter. Place all oysters in an oven-proof roasting pan. Evenly distribute a dollop of the mixed butter over the top of each oyster. Place the roasting pan on the center rack in the oven. Carefully watch the oysters under the broiler; once the sides of the oyster turn gray and bubble around the edges, it’s time to remove them from the oven. Let oysters cool slightly, and serve with lemon and crusty bread.


Oyster Sauté

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced thin
  • 1 12-ounce container oysters, drained, reserve liquid
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Heat skillet on medium-high; add butter, onions and celery. Sauté until onions are translucent and beginning to turn brown. Add oysters, garlic and remaining ingredients except cornstarch; mix well. While mixture is cooking, dissolve cornstarch in oyster liquid; add slowly to skillet, stirring until thickened. Serve in 8-ounce gratin dish or over cous-cous, pasta or rice.

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