This old time favorite makes a delightful appetizer, particularly at this time of the year!
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 1/2 cups crushed saltine crackers
2 (12-ounce) containers fresh oysters, undrained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
2 tsps sherry
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Melt butter in a skillet; add cracker crumbs, and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned.
Drain oysters, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Place half of crumbs in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish; add oysters. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley, and remaining cracker crumbs.
Combine reserved oyster liquid and half-and-half, sherry and worcestershire sauce; pour over cracker crumbs. Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.