Oysters Saltimbocca

by jerseygirl on July 18, 2008 · 26 comments

Today I am presenting you with an appetizer to serve at your next outdoor party. We will be going to the shore next week and I am in that seafood mode. To indulge myself in a little shameless self promotion, let me tell you that this recipe won the National Oyster cook off in Maryland last year. It is extremely simple to make and has great flavors. Even if you are not a big oyster fan, you might still like these.

By the way, the National Oyster Festival is taking entries for the cook off in October. If you live within driving distance, it is definitely worth trying to get into. Contestants come from all over the country. The festival is a lot of fun and my whole family enjoyed it last year. If you make it as a finalist, they put you up in a hotel for 2 nights and have a really nice dinner for the contestants. The people that run the festival are so hospitable and nice. So get your entries in by August 1st for a fun filled weekend away and the opportunity to win some prize money. Just click here for the rules.

Speaking of contests, I have some deadlines looming. Between now and the beginning of August, I will be working on a few things. So don’t hold it against me if my posts are scarce. Between contests and vacation, I might be a little MIA. But I’ll be back with some Jersey fresh recipes showcasing garden state produce.

Oysters Saltimbocca with Lemon Butter and Sage Sauce

1 dozen oysters
Rock salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 thin slices prosciutto (1 to 2 ounces), chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
8 round buttery crackers, finely crushed
2 tablespoons white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
black pepper to taste

1/4 cup butter
juice of 1 small lemon or half a large lemon
1 TBS fresh chopped sage
dash of Tabasco sauce
black pepper to taste

fresh lemon slices
sage leaves

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scrub the oysters with cold water. Shuck the oysters, keeping the oyster meat in the deep part of the shell. Arrange the oysters in a baking dish on a bed of rock salt. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the prosciutto, garlic and sage. Cook for one to three minutes or until prosciutto is slightly crisp; stirring often. Place the prosciutto mixture, cracker crumbs, wine, lemon juice, zest and cheese in a small bowl. Add pepper to taste and mix well. Top each oyster with some prosciutto mixture. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until edges of oysters begin to curl. To make sauce, melt butter in a small pan. Add lemon juice, sage, Tabasco and pepper to taste. Serve the oysters with the sauce and garnish with lemon slices and sage if desired.

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Clumbsy Cookie July 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I can’t wait to hear all about the contests Lisa!


Lori July 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Congratulations on your win! I love, love, love oysters…but hardly get a chance to eat them.


Bridgett July 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm

I’ve never tried an oyster before, but these look really good! Maybe I can make some for the hubby.


Annie July 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Wow your oysters sound so delicious. I have never heard of cooking them this way before. I haven’t had them in a long time, but when I was a kid my parents used to deep fry them in a light batter and I loved them!

I love the idea of topping them with the crispy proscuitto, garlic and sage.


EAT! July 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I can’t wait to make this award winning recipe. I can never get enough oysters. I can still remember the ones I had last week at the Shore.


Prudy July 19, 2008 at 1:01 am

Lisa-those look so yummy. I haven’t entered any contests in so long-just missed the BHG deadline tonight. Oh, well..I’m no good at balancing my hobbies.


Aggie July 19, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Wow, these look scrumptious (what a word)! Really, though, I would love these!

Good luck in your contests! Have fun at the shore!!


Jenny July 19, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Your oyster dish looks fantastic! I’ve never even had an oyster before, how pathetic is that!!? Looks like a tasty recipe to me!


http://richiesliv.blogg.se/ July 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Never tried oysters but your recipe is is so appealing. Might try when the season is here in Sweden & let you know, the outcome of mine ยง:-))

Jst peep in & leave my footprints.

Greetings from Stockholm,


giz July 19, 2008 at 11:55 pm

I’m entirely impressed with these oysters and the presentation. It’s really an eye catcher and I so love the “simple” part.


Lore July 20, 2008 at 7:37 am

Just like Lori I don’t get to eat them as often as I’d like. Love the way you cooked them for this Saltimbocca! That sauce sounds yummy too, perfect to complete the flavours from the oysters.


Beth July 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm

The oysters look fantastic – don’t get to eat them as much as Id like due to there expense!!


Emiline July 20, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Congrats on winning! That’s so awesome! I’d enter, but I live too far away.

They sound great!


Jan July 21, 2008 at 12:04 am

That looks great, and the contest sounds like fun. I love fish of all descriptions, but it’s very hard to get out here in Okieland. I guess I’m just about as far from the sea as I could be.


bagel July 21, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Those oysters look amazing. I never thought of prosciutto in oysters before. That sounds great. Oh and how I miss the Jersey Shore (stuck as I am on another shore on the other side of the country– they don’t know how to do boardwalks here).

Well– I know you wrote that you’re busy, but I got tagged with my first foodie meme and I figured this was a way to know other Jersey bloggers. I am supposed to tag other people, and I tag you. I have details here– http://eatabagel.blogspot.com/2008/07/internet-memes-and-foodie-tag.html

Have a good time at the Shore!


Veronica July 22, 2008 at 8:58 am

Hi Lisa! The oysters look great! Like Prudy, I’m not doing so well balancing hobbies either. I’ve been working on some oyster recipes I’ve sent one in. Are you going to try to go back?


Robin Sue July 22, 2008 at 9:43 am

I’m am drooling after reading you recipe. So many yummy flavors. I love your second photo. Makes me want to jump right in and eat one or two, or….


Jeena July 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

This recipe sounds just perfect, I love all of the ingredients and they look so lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚


Birdie July 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm

These look awesome! I love oysters, especially on the grill. If I lived closer I’d think about that contest.


Leslie July 23, 2008 at 3:42 pm

MMM.I could suck those down in a second!!!!
I left an award for you on my site…………..I know everyone is busy..so no need to participate..I just wanted to show some love!


Mrs. L July 25, 2008 at 2:07 am

There is a guy who sells oysters at our local Farmers Market. He sells the knife to open them, but I’m still a little reluctant!


Clumbsy Cookie July 25, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Hi Lisa, hope you’re enjoying the Jersey summer. I’ve left you an award on my blog. Please go pick it up and spread the love!


Sharon July 25, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Congrats on your winning recipe! I’ve only had an oyster once, and I must admit I was a little drunk so I don’t really remember the experience ๐Ÿ™‚


Paula July 27, 2008 at 1:44 am

I had an oyster once years and years ago. Your recipe sounds really good!


Aggie July 27, 2008 at 8:55 am

Welcome back! I’ve been missing my Jersey Girl! : )


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