Categories: Recipes
      Date: Feb  8, 2008
     Title: Baked oysters fortuna

Chef Frank Brigtsen is famous for his seafood platter, where not a single item is of the typical fried sort. Baked Oysters Fortuna appears seasonally on the appetizer menu and as part of his special platter. An avid fisherman, Frank named the dish for one of his favorite fishing spots, Lake Fortuna, which he describes as “a rich, fertile body of water that yields fish, shrimp, oysters, and crabs.”



Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet (see Note) over medium-high heat. Add anchovies and cook, stirring constantly, for a few seconds. Add onion, celery, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables caramelize. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic, salt, basil, cayenne pepper, and white pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Add claw and backfin crabmeat and cook, stirring gently, until crabmeat is just heated through. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups olive oil, bread crumbs, and cheese. Mix until well blended. Add seafood-vegetable mixture to bread crumb mixture. Fold together until well blended. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Top each oyster with about three tablespoons Fortuna topping. Place oysters on a baking sheet. Bake at 500 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Note: Frank uses two large skillets when preparing this recipe. Place half of the ingredients in each skillet.

Serves 12 as an entrée – 24 as an appetizer

Recipe Compliments of Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen’s Restaurant