1 tablespoon finely diced Granny Smith or other tart apple
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 oysters, freshly shucked
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cider, shallots, and apple and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and season with pepper. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons over the freshly shucked oysters.
Adapted from a recipe by chef Larry Matthews Jr., The Back Bay Grill, 65 Portland St., Portland, ME. 207-772-8833. backbaygrill.com