Our Oyster Saloon manager Shawn Mitchell moved to Lilliwaup from Tennessee, bringing some southern flavor with him and rocking our world.
Pimento Cheese Baked Oysters
We use Benton's bacon when we make this in the Oyster Saloon. We usually bake the oysters in the shell, but it would also be easy to use pre-shucked oysters and bake them in a muffin tin. Yields 1 quart. Freeze for up to 3 months.
4 oz diced pimento peppers, drained
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup mayonnaise
½ Tbs Tabasco or similar hot sauce
½ Tbs Kosher Salt
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp white pepper
¼ tsp smoked paprika
½ lb white cheddar, shredded
½ lb yellow cheddar, shredded
2 Tbs green onions, sliced
2 Tbs bacon, chopped
Put cream cheese in a mixing bowl and stir until softened. Add mayo, hot sauce, sugar, salt and spices, and mix. Add diced pimentos, green onions, and bacon.
Smother it on topped-off 'sters and then bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or melt it into a dipping sauce for fried oysters. Also great as a dip for grilled bread.