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Wood Roasted Oysters



12 oysters
(preferably from Florida or local)

2 ounces prickly pear mignonette
(recipe follows)

2 ounces cocktail sauce preserves
(recipe follows)

Prickly Pear, Citrus, and Chile Mignonette

1½ ounces orange juice
(sour orange, if possible)

½ ounce prickly pear juice

Pinch chopped chiles, preferably datil peppers

Salt and pepper

Cocktail Sauce Preserves

1 tablespoon chopped shallots

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups chopped tomatoes

¼ cup cider vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pectin

1 tablespoon freshly grated horseradish

Splash Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper



  1. Prepare a hot wood grill (charcoal is also acceptable).
  2. Roast oysters on grill for 4–5 minutes (wait for liquor to start bubbling from oysters and then cook for another 30 seconds). Remove from grill and carefully open tops with an oyster knife, being sure to preserve liquor in shell. Cut bottom muscle and arrange on a platter. Serve with prickly pear mignonette and cocktail sauce preserves.

Prickly Pear, Citrus, and Chile Mignonette

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing to combine. Season to taste.
Cocktail Sauce Preserves
  1. In a small saucepan, sweat shallots and garlic in oil over medium-low heat for 2–3 minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add tomatoes, cider vinegar, and sugar to pan, raise heat to medium, and simmer until sauce becomes jelly-like in consistency, about 15–20 minutes.
  3. Stir in pectin, freshly grated horseradish, and Worcestershire and remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cool, and refrigerate until ready to use.
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