One of my favorite things that I look forward to at Thanksgiving every year is oyster stuffing. I love good homemade stuffing, oysters or not, but when you add oysters its a whole new level of deliciousness.
I use a baguette to make this dish because the bread texture works really well for soaking up broth and baking into delicious stuffing. I cut the bread pieces kind of big because it's easier than cutting them smaller, but you can cut them smaller if you like. Also, you can cut the bread the day before and let it sit in a bowl in the open air to dry out a little, making it perfect for adding to stuffing.
I know that oysters can be hard to find this time of year and they can be a budget buster. I can't tell you how many times I have run from store to store the week of Thanksgiving only to find that oysters were sold out everywhere I looked.
Here is a tip I learned from my mother-in-law that will save you time and money. You can buy oysters on sale and freeze them. I have several pints in my freezer that should get me through the holiday season. I just put the whole container in the freezer when I bring them home from the store. If they expand and pop open simply put them in a ziploc bag when thawing in the fridge. I put them in the fridge a day or two to thaw before I will need them for a recipe.
2 ribs celery, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp. rubbed sage (if you have fresh, just mince a sage leaf)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 baguette, cubed
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 pint fresh oysters, drained and chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a skillet, saute celery and onion in butter until golden and tender. Move to a large bowl.
3. Add parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, pepper, and bread cubes to the onion mixture.
4. Mix eggs, broth, and oysters then add to the bread mixture. Stir to combine.
5. Spoon into a greased (I use butter) 2 qt. baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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