Instead of oyster dressing or scalloped oysters, try an ethereal bread-crumb pudding packed with plump, perfectly cooked bivalves. Their brininess helps to cut the richness of the custard.
- 4 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs (from 8 slices firm white sandwich bread)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 3 dozen shucked oysters (preferably medium; halved if large; about 1 cup), drained if necessary and gently patted dry
- Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish.
- Spread bread crumbs in a 4-sided sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly.
- Whisk together eggs, cream, milk, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently stir in oysters and bread crumbs.
- Pour into baking dish and bake until custard is set and top is golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Napa Valley Syrah '06