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       Title: HOLIDAY BAKED OYSTERS
  Categories: Seafood, Holiday
       Yield: 6 servings
  
            INGREDIENTS:
       4 c  Firm white bread (Italian or
            -French or sourdough)
     1/2 c  Butter
            Salt and cayenne pepper
       1 pt Raw oysters, well-drained
       1 tb Lemon juice
       1 sm Onion, grated
     1/2 c  Whipping cream
  
   paprika (TIP:) This dish can be made with oysters of *any* size. While
   fresh ones ARE best,  thawed, frozen oysters *may*  be used.   If you
   wish, prepare  the dish and refrigerate it for several hours before
   baking.   Or, on  the  other hand,  you can cut and brown the bread
   cubes ahead of  time. The rest can be finished in minutes, once the
   bread is browned.
   
   Remove the crusts from the bread.  Cut the bread into quarter-inch
   cubes; in a large skillet, melt half the butter.  Add 2 cups of bread
   cubes and toss  over LOW HEAT until they're golden-brown.   Sprinkle
   the  cubes lightly with salt and caynne, stirring constantly.
   
   Brown the remaining cubes in the remaining butter.  Sprinkle again
   with the cayenne and the salt.
   
   Cover  the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish with 1/3  of the  bread
   cubes; top the bread evenly with half the oysters,  sprinkle with
   salt and cayenne,  half the lemon juice and half the onion.   Cover
   with 1/3  of the bread  cubes and sprinkle with salt,  cayenne,  the
   rest of the lemon juice and the onion.  Pour in the cream, and top
   with the last third of the bread cubes.  Sprinkle with paprika to
   make pretty.
   
   Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes and serve *immediately*.
  
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