4dozen oysters such as Sydney rock, freshly shuckedMignonette100 mlgood-quality red wine vinegar80 gmgolden shallots, finely choppedTruffle crépinettes600 gmcoarsely minced pork belly2 tbsptruffle oil8thin slices of truffle (about 10gm)120 gmcaul fat, soaked in cold water for 1 hour, drained, then cut into 8 pieces (see note)
For mignonette, combine red wine vinegar and shallot in a non-reactive bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.
For truffle crépinettes, combine pork belly and truffle oil in a large bowl, mixing well to combine. Season to taste. Divide mixture into 8 equal balls, then flatten slightly to form a patty. Place a truffle slice on each and wrap in a piece of caul fat, making sure it overlaps completely to seal. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add truffle crépinettes and cook, turning occasionally, until golden (8-10 minutes). Keep warm.
Arrange 6 oysters around edges of plates and spoon a little mignonette over each. Place a crépinette in the centre and serve with extra mignonette to the side.
Note Caul fat, also known as crépine, is the lace-like fatty
membrane that surrounds the intestines and stomach of cows, sheep
and pigs. It melts while it cooks, so is a useful alternative to
casing. Available from select butchers, it will need to be ordered