Brennan’s had 2 baked oyster dishes on their menu, Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Casino. Brennan’s Oyster Casino was nothing like Clams Casino that you find on the East Coast. Clams Casino are a baked stuffed clam along the lines of Oysters Mocsa, but not as flavorful. Brennan’s Oysters Casino is made with bacon and a cocktail sauce, which is the way some people eat raw oysters minus the bacon.
48 Oysters in their shell
12 strips of Bacon, lightly cooked and cut into 4 pieces
3 cups Cocktail Sauce (see below)
Preheat oven to 475 degrees
Using an oyster knife, pry open the oyster shell, then remove the oyster. Discard the top shells; scrub and dry the bottom shells. Drain the oysters. Line eight pans or ovenproof trays with a layer of rock salt about an inch deep. Arrange six oyster shells in each pan, then return the oysters to their shells. Top each oyster with a piece of bacon.
Bake the oysters in the oven for three minutes, then remove them from the oven and top each with 1 tablespoon cocktail sauce. Return the oysters to the oven and cook until bubbling hot, about 5 minutes.
Serve each person one tray of oysters.
2 cups Ketchup
1 cup prepared Chili Sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons Horseradish
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, chili sauce, and horseradish. Stir in the lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours prior to serving.
This sauce will keep, covered for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.