Make the most of oyster season with a simple recipe that never fails to impress.
While everyone else is excited for football season, I am over here excited about oyster season! A must-make dish for any occasion is my baked Dressed Up Oysters. It is a luxurious appetizer that turns any occasion into a special one, especially when paired with some bubbly and a special someone.
Finding fresh oysters is reason enough to celebrate with this recipe.
North Carolina’s Stump Sound, a muddy, 7-mile body of water stretching from Sneads Ferry to North Topsail Beach and really more of a lagoon than a sound, offers some of the area’s best oysters. I prefer to use Stump Sound oysters for this recipe because they taste and smell exactly like the briny ocean. These oysters get their saltiness from their habitat and the conditions in North Carolina’s diverse waters. The salinity is influenced by the tidal exchanges of two inlets and runoff from the land. Oysters eat by swallowing and filtering their surroundings, so each one literally soaks up and reflects its own environment.
Recently I had friends and family over and prepared this dish. They loved the salty flavor of the oyster mixed with the savory toppings, and many were inquiring about how to make these. If you want to switch it up, feel free to use prosciutto instead of bacon or white wine instead of sherry. Kale would also be a unique twist in substitution for the spinach. If you prefer, these can also be finished off on the grill instead of in the oven. Either way, the oyster will be the main appeal.