*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                        OYSTER LOAF - LA MEDIATRICE
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Main dish                        Seafood
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1                    French Bread, 12 Long
      1/3   c            Melted Butter
    1       pt           Shucked Oysters, Drained
                         Tabasco Sauce
                         Hot Heavy Cream (Optional)
   Preheat oven to 425F.
   Cut off the top of the bread lengthwise, scoop out most of the bread
   of the bottom half, leaving a shell about 3/4 thick.  Brush the
   inside of the bottom and the cut side of the top with melted butter.
   Put the loaf and “lid,” cut sides up, on an ungreased baking sheet,
   bake until toasted golden brown, about 20 minutes (the lid will be
   done first; check that it does not overcook).
   Meanwhile, sauté the oysters in hot butter until plump.  Add salt,
   pepper, a dash of Tabasco, and, if desired, a little hot cream.  Fill
   the loaf with the hot fried oysters and put the lid on top.  Heat for
   10 minutes or until ready to serve.  Cut in thick slices if the loaf
   is long.
   NOTE:  Individual rolls can also be used: allow about 3 oysters for
   each one.  The amount of oysters required for this recipe varies
   according to the size of the oysters and the size of the loaf of
   bread.  In any case, the bread “basket” should be filled to the top
   with oysters.
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