Mammaw's Scalloped Oysters

Mammaw's Scalloped Oysters
6 to 8 servings
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1 quart oysters, drained; liquid reserved
3 cups cracker crumbs (about 48 2-inch crackers, crushed
4 tablespoons melted butter
Cream or half and half
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup butter

Pick over oysters and remove any shell particles. Set oysters aside. Lightly toss i cup of the crumbs with melted butter. Add enough cream or half and half to the reserved oyster liquid to yield 2 cups. Stir in the salt and pepper.

Line a shallow buttered 2-quart casserole with 1 cup of the unbuttered crumbs. Arrange 2 cups of the oysters on crumbs. Pour 1 cup of liquid over all. Sprinkle with one half of the chopped onion and dot with one-half of the butter. Repeat procedure. Top with the buttered crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.