Oysters Baked with Wild Mushroom Tapenade

& Shredded Zucchini

Oysters Baked with Wild Mushroom Tapenade

Oysters

Ingredients:

24 oysters
3 garlic cloves
1 medium zucchini, shredded
Kosher salt & pepper, to taste
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
Mushroom Tapenade, recipe follows
2 tbsp bread crumbs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°F

Wash and shuck oysters, reserve all the liquid and the cupped shell. Dry the cupped shell and rub with garlic. Place the oyster’s shells on a bed of rock salt set on a heavy baking pan.

Divide the shredded zucchini equally among the shells and season with salt and pepper. Top each bed of zucchini with 1 oyster. Brush each oyster with olive oil, a dollop of tapenade and a sprinkling of bread crumbs.

Bake 4 to 5 minutes and serve warm.

Mushroom Tapenade

Ingredients:

4 oz wild mushrooms (chanterelles, porcini, shiitaki etc.)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp marsala
3 to 4 calamata olives, pitted & chopped
1 tbsp minced fresh basil
1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
1 tsp minced fresh parsley
salt and pepper

Instructions:

Cut mushrooms into 1/2 inch strips. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and sauté for one minute. Stir in marsala and olives; cook for one additional minute then remove from heat. Transfer mixture to food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer tapenade to bowl; stir in herbs. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Tapenade can be made up to two days ahead.

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