It’s the holidays! Thinking about stuffing or dressing? See, where I come from, we call it stuffing, no matter if we are piling it into the bird, or not. Living in the South for the past ten years, I have come to find that most call it dressing.And, dare I say, most southerners would not even think about stuffing the turkey. I have made my Grandfather’s Sausage Stuffing (Dressing) for years, but had yet to even attempt to create a recipe for Oyster Dressing. Well, until now. My taste testers loved it, and so did I. Guess what? It is super simple, and quick to prepare.
Local to Charlotte? Go grab a pint or two of freshly shucked oysters, along with their liquor, at The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. In addition, this Oyster Dressing would not be as perfect unless you are using Old Bay Seasoning. Be sure to check my update below. Pretty certain I found the best way to bake this beauty.
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HOW TO PREPARE OYSTER DRESSING
Start by toasting the bread. Break toast into pieces in a bowl. Now that I am living in the South, I found that many southerners use cornbread in their Oyster Dressing recipe. Feel free to substitute for the white bread. Click here to view my recipe. As the bread is toasting, heat up the butter, celery and onions in a pan. Allow the vegetables to soften, NOT brown for about five minutes. Add the chicken broth, oyster liquor, and Old Bay to the pan. Simmer for about five more minutes.
Break apart the oysters and add to the pan. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Add in the fresh chopped parsley. Slowly mix in the toasted bread pieces. You may not need to use all of it. Check the consistency after several handfuls. The mixture should not be to too dry, or too wet.
Line a baking dish with butter (see UPDATE below). Add in the stuffing mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about fifteen minutes. Uncover. Add a few small pats of butter to the top and place under broiler for another minute or so. Just long enough to brown the top. ENJOY!
UPDATE: I made this Oyster Dressing for a second time using a cast iron pan to bake. OMG, amazing! If you do not have a cast iron pan in your life, you need one. Click here to purchase. They are so inexpensive on Amazon!
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