|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||23%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Enjoy oysters at home with this traditional Australian recipe for Oysters Kilpatrick. Freshly shucked oysters are topped with crispy smoked bacon, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and butter for a sophisticated and delicious appetizer. Just remember that the oysters are only as good as your source, so make sure you are purchasing them from a reputable fishmonger. You can use the broiler or the grill to make oysters Kilpatrick, but no matter which cooking method it's important to keep an eye on them as the cooking time is very quick.
There are countless variations of this recipe and a few versions of the derivation of the name of the dish. One story is that chef Ernest Arbogast of the Palm Court at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco created the dish and named it after the hotel manager, Colonel John C. Kirkpatrick; Kirkpatrick eventually changed to Kilpatrick. A more amusing tale involves an Irish fisherman whose daily catch of oysters caused a deadly heart attack when he tried to lift it into his boat. Thus, “Oysters Kill Patrick” appeared in the next day’s news headlines, and led to the name of the dish.
This recipe calls for one to two dozen oysters. The number you choose will depend on how you plan to serve them. If you're serving oysters Kilpatrick as an appetizer, you can generally plan on three to four oysters per person; for an individual course before the main dish, you might want to serve each person five or six. Keep in mind the sauce in this recipe should top up to 24 oysters.
Gather the ingredients.
In a small pan, gently heat the Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, butter, and Tabasco sauce. Stir until combined.
Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a frying pan, cook the bacon slices until crispy.
Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
Once cooled, dice the bacon and set aside.
Place the oven shelf in the topmost position under the broiler. Set the oven to broil and let it heat up. On a baking sheet, create pockets, using aluminum foil, for the oyster shells to sit in without toppling over.
Arrange the shucked oysters in the foil pockets.
Top each oyster with a spoonful of sauce.
Scatter each with diced bacon.
Broil for about 50 or 60 seconds.
Remove from the broiler and arrange on serving platter.
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls for adding liquid to a hot pan. Glass may explode under these conditions, even if it states it's oven-safe or heat resistant; tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.
- There are a number of things you'll want to consider when selecting oysters, which begins with finding a reputable market. They are required to sell live oysters, which should be clamped tightly shut or immediately close when tapped.
- For this recipe, you need to know how to shuck oysters. It's not difficult when you get the hang of it, but if you are apprehensive, you can ask the fish market if they will do it for you.
- You can cook oysters Kilpatrick on a very hot grill rather than using your oven's broiler. Place the foil nested-oysters on a grill-safe pan and top them with the sauce. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Some people use a layer of rock salt on the pan rather than the foil to hold the oysters in place. With this method, make sure the salt is arranged in a thick layer that can stabilize the shells.
- If your bacon is very lean, heat 1 tablespoon oil in the frying pan before adding the bacon.
- Top your oysters with cheese before broiling or during the last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling. Havarti, mozzarella, and Parmesan are favorites for this recipe.
- You can vary the seasonings to suit your taste. Often, oysters Kilpatrick is prepared without Tabasco sauce and finished with chopped parsley and served with lemon wedges instead.
- A little salt and freshly ground black pepper sprinkled on top before broiling can give the flavor a nice boost.
- Add diced onion toward the end of frying the bacon and gently sauté, then add to the oyster topping.
- Sliced jalapenos are another popular addition if you like things spicy.