Hangtown Fry

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1/2 cup bacon strips, 1/2 inch dice
1/2 cup ham, julienned
4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
salt and white pepper to taste
8 oysters
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten with a little water
1/2 cup bread crumbs, dry
salt and white pepper to taste

  1. Preheat broiler. Cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel, crumble, and set aside.
  2. Fry the ham pieces in the bacon fat. Drain on a paper towel and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons fat.
  3. in a bowl, combine the eggs, cream, water, parsley, and cheese; season to taste.
  4. Dip the oysters in the flour, beaten egg, and bread crumbs. Fry in the bacon fat for 1 minute on both sides. Stir in bacon and ham.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the oysters and let them cook over low heat, without stirring, until the eggs begin to set, 5 minutes.
  6. Place the skillet under the broiler and lightly brown the top. Serve immediately garnished with chopped parsley.

Chef: Fills the cup well, like to see melted cheese on stop, a smaller ham piece would be good, should cook together, not just an oyster with egg around it. Nice color on the oyster.

Personal/Team: I love fried oysters, so this was a good dish for me. It's like an egg scramble with fried oysters and looks nice served in the oyster shell.

Lessons Learned:  When you're cooking something that will go in the broiler, be careful to cook slightly underdone, so the broiler doesn't overcook. Having cheese on top to brown is good, but don't want too much browning on the eggs and oysters.