A tradition our group celebrates each Oyster Festival while staying in an Urbanna cottage is the partaking of what we call Oyster Cups. Each year, we order 10 or 12 quarts of fresh oysters from a local Urbanna waterman and we eat them fried, raw, and baked as Oyster Cups. They are amazingly good and amazingly easy.
In a small aluminum cupcake tin, put 1 or 2 oysters (depending on the size) in each cup. Next put about a tablespoon of chopped or finely sliced country ham (real country ham, not an imitation), add a tablespoon of oyster liquor and a pat of butter. Bake the cups in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes. Sipping the liquor and juices out of the cup is the best part.
It’s oyster season! Buy a quart and try this recipe for a dynamite appetizer.
2 doz. small aluminum muffin cup liners
2 doz. Lge. or 4 dz. small fresh oysters
24 T. of oyster liquor reserved from jar
24 pats of butter