Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jalapeno, Bacon, and Cheddar Baked Oysters

How can you go wrong with a recipe that has the classic combination of spicy jalapenos, salty bacon, and gooey cheddar cheese?  You could put that trifecta on cardboard and it would be good.  But much to Betsy’s delight and our digestive health I switched out the cardboard for oysters.  We scored some yummy, plump Louisiana oysters that were the perfect avenue for my triad of deliciousness.

We were first introduced to this baked oyster combination at our favorite beach-side restaurant in Pensacola Beach called Peg Leg Pete’s.  The restaurant has a great vibe with an open air patio, nautical paraphernalia hanging on the ceiling, an extensive cocktail list, and oysters cooked eleven different ways.  Their version is called Spicy Lafitte's and they are delicious.  There are many reasons to go to Pensacola Beach and Peg Leg’s is certainly one of those.

Back to the oysters.  This is a super easy recipe with a delicious reward.  Shuck the oysters.  Mix up the four ingredients. 

Bake.  Enjoy!  It’s that simple.


1      dozen oysters
1 ½  cups cheddar cheese, grated
4      slices cooked bacon, crumbled
2      tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped
1      tablespoon Creole seasoning 


Preheat oven to 450°F

Combine the cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and Creole seasoning.  Distribute evenly over the oysters.  Bake in the oven for ten minutes until cheese is melted and oysters are steamy. 

Note:  My RV oven does not have a broiler so baking at a high temperature is my only option.  You certainly could use a broiler, just decrease the cooking time.


  1. Made my mouth water even before breakfast! The cowboy had to ask, "what does it mean to "shuck" an oyster!!" We can tell he isn't from the south can't we!!

  2. Yes, but there is much more fiber in cardboard for healthy eating... ;c)

  3. I just had these tonight at PegLegPetes for the first time and boy, I am hooked! I don't like raw oysters, don't like the fried oysters (that I have tried, so far)but had to try baked/broiled before I gave up on them. Wanted to quickly look up something similar so I could bookmark it and try again later from home. Good job!

  4. Mmm, now I am craving a dozen. I'm a picky oyster eater too but those are so good. Enjoy!


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