Grilled Oysters with Roasted Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomato Compound Butter

Grilled Oysters with Roasted Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomato Compound Butter
  • 2 pints Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sticks (16 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 12 medium to large fresh oysters
  • Rock salt
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the garlic, a healthy pinch of salt and pepper, and the thyme.
  4. Place tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and have begun to release some juice.
  6. Transfer tomatoes and juices to a bowl and let come to room temperature (this can be expedited by placing in the refrigerator).
  7. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add the softened butter, basil, balsamic vinegar and 1 cup of the roasted tomatoes. Process until completely combined.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl. Leave at room temperature if using immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  10. Prepare grill to high heat, approx. 400°F.
  11. Spread a layer of rock salt (or a layer of crumpled foil) in a large cast iron skillet, or pan.
  12. Shuck oysters, leaving them on the half shell. Nestle the oysters in the rock salt, or foil.
  13. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the compound butter on each oyster.
  14. Place the skillet (or pan) on the grill and cook, covered, for 5 to 6 minutes, until the butter is bubbly and the oysters are beginning to curl, slightly.
  15. Serve with additional roasted tomato compound butter on the side.

Recipe and photography by Kris and Wesley from How to Feed a Loon

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