Prepare your grill for grilling with charcoal. While the charcoal is getting hot, shuck one dozen oysters. Shucking the oysters was the hardest part of this recipe. Get a good oyster knife and be careful. There are lots of tutorials for how to shuck oysters on the web. Try not to lose too much of the oyster juice as you are shucking. I relegated this job to my husband while I prepared the butter sauce.
Melt 2 sticks of butter and add a couple minced garlic, a tablespoon of finely chopped shallot, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a bit of salt and pepper and a splash of hot sauce. Whisk these together.
When the coals are white hot, place the oysters, shell side down, directly on the grate. Let them cook until the juice just starts to bubble a bit.
Pour the melted butter mixture over each oyster (be careful here because when it spills over the fire will flare). Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese blend on each oyster and grill until the cheese is melted. The total cooking time for us was about 5 minutes.
Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and saute for 1 minute. Add celery, bell pepper and garlic and saute an additional 3 to 5 minutes until vegetables are wilted.
Add smoked meats and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and chicken stock and blend well with the vegetable mixture. Bring to a rolling boil and stir in rice.
When rice is well blended and mixture has returned to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Season with salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and hot sauce. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes without stirring or removing lid.
After 20 minutes, remove lid. Add green onions and parley. Stir the mixture and make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes.
Serve with salad and hot, crispy French bread
This is a delicious, easy meal that will feed 6 people.
If you don't already have these books by John Folse, I highly recommend them. The recipe above is adapted from a recipe in The Evolution of Cajun and Creole Cuisine.