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Angels on Horseback or Bacon Wrapped Oysters

According to the classic recipe, shucked oysters are wrapped in bacon. Sometimes scallops are used in place of oysters. This is then baked in the oven, about 3 minutes per side, or prepared with any other source of dry heat, The dish is often served on toast, though if prepared on skewers and broiled, it can be eaten straight from the skewer.
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Servings: 6
Author: The Cook

Ingredients

  • 3-5 dozen small oysters, shucked
  • 12-30 strips thinly cut bacon
  • 2-3 lemons
  • toothpicks

Instructions

  • Slice the bacon strips in half. It is very important to get thin-cut bacon for this recipe, as thick bacon overwhelms the oysters. Likewise, it is important to get small oysters -- otherwise they become too large a mouthful.
  • Wrap a half-slice of bacon around each oyster and secure with a toothpick. Arrange on a broiling pan or get a grill ready.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped oysters under the broiler until they're crispy, about 5-6 minutes. How long this will take on your grill depends on the heat.
  • Take the oysters out and turn them over. Return to the broiler and crisp the other side. This should take about 2-4 minutes.
  • Serve on a big platter. Don't hit them with lemon juice until right before you serve them, otherwise it ruins the crispiness of the bacon.

Notes

For normal people, figure on 6-8 as an appetizer. Double it for a main course.
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