Oyster stuffing has British origins, however its evolution over the previous 300 years, and its affiliation with Thanksgiving, have made it a distinctly American dish. This model makes use of each wheat bread and cornbread, a mixing of Yankee and Southern delicacies, though the liberal use of butter and the trace of Tabasco on this recipe ideas the scales in direction of the South in my view.
Oyster stuffing, or dressing (if you happen to’re from additional south than me), is bread stuffing with oysters. The oysters add some protein and a delicate briny brightness that stands out in a sea of sides which can be normally not delicate with their heartiness. The stuffing doesn’t style “seafoody” in any respect, however relatively, tastes such as you’re consuming stuffing close to the seashore.
I like utilizing each cornbread and wheat bread on this recipe since you get sweetness from the cornbread and texture from the wheat bread. It’s a pleasant stability of sentimental, savory, chewy, and crunchy with only a trace of sweetness.
I additionally suggest getting reside oysters and shucking your personal for this. Particularly, as a result of then you definately’ll know they’re contemporary. Refrigerated, jarred contemporary oysters are a positive substitute, however canned oysters are usually not. Additionally, if you happen to’re shopping for reside oysters in November, you’re getting a few of the finest oysters of the 12 months. Get pleasure from any additional you have got on the half-shell whilst you prep this dish.
A tip for getting probably the most taste and the very best texture—moist however not soggy on the within and crispy on the surface—is to let the cornbread and wheat bread dry out for a day uncovered. Utilizing semi-stale bread is healthier than contemporary bread as a result of there’s much less moisture within the bread, which is able to get crispier and also will take in extra of the seasonings. To attain this, I slice and toast the bread and lay it on a sheet pan uncovered in a single day.
The remainder of the recipe is tremendous easy. Cook dinner the veggies in butter and inventory, chop up the oysters, mix every little thing, and bake.