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  Watercress 12 Ounce, stalks removed
  Salt To Taste
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Heavy cream/Creme fraiche 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Oysters 18 (Unshucked)
  Unsalted butter 4 Tablespoon, melted
  Filo pastry sheets 3

Cook the watercress in a little boiling salted water, to which a squeeze of lemon juice has been added, for 2-3 minutes.
Drain well.
Puree the watercress with the cream or creme fraiche, then transfer to a small heavy-based saucepan.
Open the oyster shells and carefully remove the oysters.
Brush the deep shells with melted butter.
Arrange on 1 or 2 baking sheets.
Stack the sheets of filo pastry, brushing between them with melted butter.
Cut the stack into 18 squares, each 2 1/2-3 inches on all sides.
Line each oyster shell with a stacked square of pastry and brush the top with melted butter.
Bake in a preheated 400° oven for 5-8 minutes.
Meanwhile, gently warm the watercress puree.
Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the remaining melted butter.
Divide the watercress puree among the filo shells.
Place the raw oysters on top and brush them lightly with the lemon butter.

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Oyster And Watercress Tarts Recipe