Broiled Oysters with Hazelnut Pesto

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Broiled Oysters with Hazelnut Pesto

Broiled Oysters with Hazelnut Pesto
Servings 10


  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts toasted, husked (about 5 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 30 fre


  • Combine basil, hazelnuts, breadcrumbs, cheese, 1/4 cup water, lemon juice and garlic in processor. Blend until mixture is finely chopped. Add butter and process until smooth paste forms. Season pesto to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before continuing.) Preheat broiler. Arrange oysters in half shells on 2 large baking sheets. Top each oyster with 1 1/2 teaspoons pesto. Working in batches, broil until pesto begins to brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Place 3 oysters on each plate and serve.

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