We had had some friends over for grilled oysters Rockefeller recently and I made too much of the spinach topping even for the five dozen oysters we scarfed down. We used our normal recipe for the topping and with spinach, bacon, garlic and parmesan, it has to be good for other things – but first I mixed in a good bit more crumbled bacon.
We had recently bought a whole pork loin so I carved off five one inch thick chops, cut a deep pocket in them and stuffed lightly with the oyster topping – it had lots of flavor so I didn’t want it too thick. I seasoned the outside with Lawrey’s as I thought I’d would go with the spinach flavors then grilled them to 140F on each side.
These shots are when they first went on the grill and after flipping.
We served them up with a glass of white wine and creamed peas and new potatoes, both from the Mennonite community market about 25 miles down the road in Englewood. I knew they were new potatoes and not just small ones because the skin was tender and I had to gently wash them to keep it from coming off. For the cooking liquid, we used some rich homemade chicken stock then thickened with a milk and flour mixture. As you can tell, no effort spent on presentation.
We had nothing else for the meal as we wanted to eat our fill of the peas – 2½ bowls for me. Although we had a little too much liquid in them, they were delicious and for a gravy man like me, they were perfect. My daughter Wende doesn’t like gravy which makes me wonder if I’m really her dad.
Bev had bought some medium sized Cremini mushrooms and we still had enough of the topping to stuff a dozen of them so when our neighbors came down later for a sit outside and visit, I grilled them over low heat and they were a major hit – sorry no pics.
Suffice it to say the oysters Rockefeller topping is very good in other uses – previously I’ve had it in eggs a couple of ways and it works very good there as well.
We also bought some strawberries from the Mennonite market and they actually tasted like they are supposed to taste – unlike the ones in the market which look great but have very little strawberry flavor (us old guys remember these things from the past).
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
5/23/16 meal date