makes 12 Servings
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless white bread
21/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 small garlic clove, pressed
1/4 teaspoon Pernod or other anise-flavored liqueur (optional)
12oysters, freshly shucked and reserved on half shell with juicesLemon wedges
Preheat broiler. Place breadcrumbs in small bowl. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in garlic and Pernod, if desired. Pour butter mixture over breadcrumbs; stir to combine.
Place oysters in their shells on large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over. Broil until crumbs are golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer oysters in shells to plates. Serve with lemon wedges.