The recipes we recommend on our website we like to try out ourselves. On Friday our very own in-house chef Marc treated us to the delights of Oysters Rockefeller!
Some of us had never heard of the recipe and a couple had not experienced the taste of oysters before, so there was somewhat nervous anticipation of what to expect.
This recipe was invented in 1889 by Jules Alciatore who was in charge of his family’s restaurant in New Orleans. Great mystique hangs over it including Alciatore’s supposed deathbed insistence that the exact recipe never be disclosed. As of 2013, “Huitres en coquille à la Rockefeller” is still the first item on the restaurant menu. It was named after John D Rockefeller, the richest man of his day.
We thought we would share the Friday excitement with you…….
In a former life whilst working as a chef at a top London hotel, Marc once prepared 5000 of these for function. Our lunch was breeze for him!
Display them on a bed of rock salt. It keeps them steady and looks good too.
Oysters Rockefeller is a sophisticated yet simple to prepare starter that will impress your dinner guests. As you can see from the photos we certainly enjoyed our Friday treat. The hint of Pernod and tabasco was warming, the oysters were smooth. A taste on the palate that will be a long-lasting memory. Give it a try! We would love to hear how you get on and see some photos of your Oysters Rockerfeller. Bring a little bit of New Orleans to your dinner table!