oysters Rockefeller

plural noun
oysters Rocke·​fel·​ler | \ -ˈrä-ki-ˌfe-lər How to pronounce oysters Rockefeller (audio) \

Definition of oysters Rockefeller

: a dish of oysters on the half shell cooked with various savory toppings typically including chopped spinach and a seasoned sauce

First Known Use of oysters Rockefeller

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oysters Rockefeller

probably after John D. rockefeller †1937, from the association of his wealth with the richness of the dish

Note: Oysters Rockefeller have traditionally been associated with Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans; according to the restaurant's website the dish was invented by Jules Alciatore, son of the founder, Antoine Alciatore. It is mentioned (as "Something new at Antoine's / Huitres, a la Rockefeller") in an advertisement for the restaurant in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, October 24, 1909 (see the article on Oysters Rockefeller, May 11, 2018, at www.barrypopik.com).

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“Oysters Rockefeller.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oysters%20Rockefeller. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of oysters Rockefeller

US : cooked oysters that are covered with various toppings (such as spinach) and a buttery sauce and served on their shells

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