"Oysters on the half shell can wobble on the grill," James Holmes says. "That's a good thing—some butter will spill onto the coals, which smokes the oysters at the same time." More Mollusk Recipes

James Holmes
June 2011

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Credit: © Jody Horton

Recipe Summary

total:
35 mins
Yield:
Makes 2 dozen oysters
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and lightly browned, 8 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in the garlic, lemon juice and Tabasco. Soften the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and combine thoroughly with the leek mixture. Season with salt.

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  • Light a grill. Place a dollop of leek butter on each oyster. Grill the oysters over high heat until just cooked through and the butter is melted, about 1 minute. Serve right away.

Make Ahead

The Tabasco-leek butter can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Let soften before using.

Suggested Pairing

Beer Fresh, light Oregon pale ale: Full Sail.

Wine Herb-scented Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc.

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