While the word scampi is actually the Italian plural of scampo (meaning prawn), it is often used to describe the preparation of the dish typically prepared with shrimp or lobster. My recipe for Grilled Oysters Scampi borrows from the shrimp scampi preparation and poaches the oyster in the shell on the grill, surrounded by melted butter, white wine, parmesan cheese and minced garlic. Once you get past the labor of shucking the oysters, this delectable appetizer will enliven the taste buds with the sweet and succulent meat of this delicacy.
Grilled Oysters Scampi
- One dozen (or however many you prefer) Fresh, live Oysters
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 ½ sticks Butter
- ¾ cup White Wine
- ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- ¼ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Croix Valley Garlic Barbecue Booster
- Begin by shucking oysters. Unhinge flat part of shell and detach oyster meat. Rinse in cold water and place back in shell.
- Place 1 Tbsp. butter under the oyster meat.
- Pour 1 teaspoon White Wine into each shell and top with approximately 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan Cheese and a pinch of shredded Parmesan Cheese. Season with Barbecue Booster.
- Place on 375⁰ grill over direct heat. As butter melts, it will begin to poach the oysters. Cook for about 10 minutes until the liquid in the shell has reduced by half and the oysters begin to firm.
Yield: 12 oysters