Point Reyes Original Blue Oysters

Point Reyes Original Blue Oysters

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Point Reyes Original Blue Oysters
Serves 8

16 small, fresh oysters, scrubbed clean (such as Hog Island Sweetwater) 
1 tablespoon butter 
1 tablespoon chopped onion 
2 tablespoon chopped parsley 
1 clove garlic, finely minced 
3 tablespoons unseasoned, dry breadcrumbs 
½ cup (3 ounces) Point Reyes Original Blue, crumbled 
½ lemon, optional
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 or light the grill to medium-hot heat. Melt the butter in frying pan and add the onion. Sauté until onion is soft. Add parsley, garlic and breadcrumbs and cook about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool. Add cheese crumbles.

Shuck oysters discarding the top shell. Keep any oyster liqueur in the bottom half with the oyster. Top each with an equal amount of the filling. Squeeze a small amount of lemon juice on top, if desired. Set the oysters shell-side down on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. OR, set the oysters, shell side down, on the grill. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the oyster liqueur just begins to bubble. Serve immediately.