By Nicole Basque, B.A., RMT
- ¼ cup of butter
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- A bunch of parsley (or cilantro if you prefer) finely chopped
- A handful of baby spinach finely chopped
- 2-3 tablespoons of grated parmesan or romano cheese
- A dozen oysters (or more if you really like them!)
- Make your own garlic butter by combining the (room temperature) butter with the finely chopped cloves of garlic, and the finely chopped parsley (or cilantro). Mix them all together until you feel you have some delicious garlic butter.
- Shuck the oysters, and arrange them on an oven safe pan.
TIP! Pour a layer of salt onto the pan, and place the oysters on it. This will stabilize them to avoid tipping or spillage.
- Set the oven to broil on high.
- Place a dime-sized dollop of the homemade garlic butter on each raw oyster.
- Sprinkle a bit of the spinach and grated cheese onto each shell. You can add as little or as much of each as you like. TIP: you can experiment with ingredients as you please. Garlic goes well with almost everything, so play around with herbs to make this recipe your own.
- Place the pan of delicious oysters into the oven for 5-8 minutes.
- Remove the oysters from the oven but be careful, they’re hot. Enjoy them by eating them out of the shell with a fork.
Cilantro seeds, known as coriander, are thought to help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol and even have certain antimicrobial properties. Oysters are rich in zinc, an important mineral that helps maintain a healthy immune system. They are also a great source of healthy fat and protein which is high in an amino acid called tyrosine. The brain uses this amino acid to help us deal with daily stress and mood changes. In addition to enhancing many recipes, garlic is thought to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal qualities.