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Oyster Rockefeller Soup w/ Crispy Bacon & Fried Oysters

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This is another delicious recipe that Hubby made. I am not even a fan of oysters and I loved this. It was rich and creamy. Every bite was truly a flavor burst. This is an old Emeril recipe that he found on the Food Network. Its a pretty impressive dish when served and all the colors are make for a beautiful presentation.

Oyster Rockefeller Soup garnished with Crispy Bacon and Fried Oysters

4 oz bacon, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
Salt
Freshly ground white pepper
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 cups heavy cream
3 dozen freshly shucked oysters, with their liquor
4 cups fresh spinach, cleaned, stemmed and chopped
Hot Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup masa flour
1/2 cup flour
Creole seasoning (Essence), recipe follows

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, render the bacon until crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic. Saute for 30 seconds. Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add 2 dozen of the oysters with their liquor, cook for 4 minutes. Add the spinach and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Using a hand-held blender, puree the soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm. Before serving, season the soup with the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Season the remaining dozen oysters with salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, combine the flours and season with Creole seasoning. Dredge the oysters in the seasoned flour, coating completely. Fry the oysters until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with Creole seasoning .

To serve, ladle the soup into individual serving bowls. Garnish with the fried oysters and crispy bacon.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

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