Per Bria: “In full disclosure, Oysters Kilpatrick in Australia is simply bacon bits and Worcestershire sauce, but many moons ago I was making the oysters at home for friends and decided to add some tawny port I had open on the kitchen bench. Now, I don’t eat them any other way as I find that the sweetness of the port really cuts the saltiness of the bacon and Worcestershire which can be otherwise overwhelming.”
Reduce 1 Cup Port to 2/3 cup in saucepan and then add Worcestershire sauce to taste. I like a lot, but you will need at least 2 teaspoons otherwise you will need to call this something other than ‘Oysters Kilpatrick’.
Sauté the diced pancetta and drain off excess oil on paper towels
Cover baking trays in rock salt and place oysters on trays on the half shell.
Top oysters with the pancetta
Spoon some of the sauce reduction on top of each oyster
Broil or grill for not more than 5 minutes
Spoon over any extra sauce that you have
Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite hot sauce!
Best served with a bubbly.
*We just recently learned that you can add a little bleach to your dishwasher and wash your oyster shells so you can re-use them. Then, you can buy oysters by the pint and don’t have to shuck them.
** Prosciutto or thick cut bacon would work equally well in this recipe, and would be a good substitute for the pancetta.