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Holiday Secret Family Dishes Part 4: Oyster Dressing


CIRCLEVILLE – Oyster dressing dates back to 1685.  A favorite of New Englanders because of the availability of shellfish on the east coast.  Oysters were used to stuff the turkeys and chickens because it was a inexpensive protein.


Ingredients you will need for Oyster Dressing

Loaf of bread that’s been left out for a day or so
1/2 stick butter sliced in to 10 pieces
2 or more celery stalks chopped as you like
1 onion chopped as you like
Quart of stock ( can be poultry or vegetable)
Pint or quart of oysters
Tbsp Poultry seasoning
Tsp Salt
Tsp Pepper

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

You’ll need a large baking dish

Break up bread slices and put in baking dish

Sprinkle spices on bread pieces

Add butter slices

Add onion and celery

Add oysters

Add stock ( you can use some of oyster liquid in place of stock)

Gently stir in pan to mix

Cover pan with foil

Bake for about 45 to 60 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Stuffing should be firm and moist.


Submitted by Jason Coatney