Oyster Tartlettes with Creamed Leaks from The Coastal Table

Tarts shells are the perfect vehicle for easy-to-serve appetizers and this one is sure to be an instant hit. Creamy leeks, briny oysters, and a slightly crunchy topping all add their own dimension and flavor to this coastal-inspired appetizer.

- Karen J. Covey, The Coastal Table


Oyster Tartlettes with Creamed Leeks from The Coastal Table



1 medium Leek

1 T Unsalted Butter

Kosher salt / to taste

Freshly Ground Black Pepper / to taste

1 T Flour

2 T White Wine

¼ C Heavy Cream

¼ C Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley / divided

¼ C Breadcrumbs

¼ C Freshly Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano / plus extra for garnish

12 Domaine de Provence Prepared Tart Shells

12 Shucked Oysters

Extra Virgin Olive Oil / for drizzling



Trim ends off leek and discard. Cut a 3-inch piece off leek at base and cut vertically into 2 pieces. Place leeks in a sieve and rinse under cold water several times to remove dirt. Pat completely dry. Finely mince leeks and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

In a small sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add leek and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour and cook for about 30 seconds until completely incorporated. Whisk in wine and cook until incorporated. Add cream and stir until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and remove from heat.

In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and Parmigiano-Reggiano and season with salt and pepper. 

Place tart shells on a baking sheet. Place 1 oyster in bottom of each shell, taking care to add as little liquid from oysters as possible. Top with about 1 teaspoon creamed leeks mixture. Top each with some breadcrumb mixture. Drizzle each with olive oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until tops are lightly golden brown. Transfer to a serving platter and top with a bit of additional Parmigiano-Reggiano. Serve immediately.

cook’s note: The amount of leeks and breadcrumb mixture you’ll need for each tartlette depends on how big the oysters are, just fill up each one right to the top, mounding slightly before baking.

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