Wrapping something in bacon only makes it better and oysters are no exception. These little angels on horseback are becoming a favorite treat of mine. They are incredibly simple to prepare and are amazing to eat.
I’ll never know where the angels nickname came from, but I think it may have to do with the way the edges of the oyster curls. Or, some other reason – but I don’t think angels look anything like oysters.
Gather some oysters. I live in Deadwood South Dakota, so I’m glad to find “fresh oysters.” Luckily my local Safeway carries Jolly Roger Fresh Pacific Oysters. These huge oysters are tasty. If your oysters are still in their shell, shuck them
Find some very thin bacon, and wrap the oysters. For a medium sized oyster a whole piece of bacon works perfect. Trim if your oysters are small. Some people use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place – I prefer to just put the loose end on the bottom and as it cooks the bacon acts like shrink wrap and stays on the oyster.
Turn your broiler up to high and put the oven rack on the second from the top. Line your angels in the center of your broiler pan and place directly under the flame. Cook until the bacon browns to your liking (about 6 minutes), pull them out of the oven and flip them. Repeat on the other side.
My family doesn’t appreciate oysters the way I do, so I get to eat all of these myself. I like to eat them just after they come out to the oven (careful not to burn yourself).
If you feel you need to cultivate your love for oysters a bit, I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Hog Island Oyster Lover’s Cookbook: A Guide to Choosing and Savoring Oysters, with 40 Recipes. This little book is very informative and gets you headed in the right direction for a lifetime of enjoying oysters.