Oysters Baked with Garlic Pine Nut Butter
in shells, scrubbed
Pour toasted nuts into a food processor along with the garlic, shallots, parsley, chives, lemon juice, brandy and pepper; whirl until finely chopped.
Slowly add the butter and pulse until just blended; bits of all the ingredients should still be visible.
Shuck oysters and discard top shells.
Nestle oysters, in their bottom shells, in a ½ inch layer of rock salt in a baking pan or shallow oven-proof dish.
Spoon about 1 teaspoon butter on top of each oyster (freeze leftover butter) Bake oysters in a 375℉ (190℃). oven until they become firm and butter melts, 8 to 10 minutes.