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PBeard
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Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
Been browsing a few recipe and looking at combining a few ingredients and techniques. Is there a master recipe, must haves and anyone done both french bread and cornbread?


SUB
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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
Don't know what you mean by "master recipe." That does not exist in cajun cooking.

I've only had it with French Bread so I can't attest to cornbread. The sweetness of cornbread seems like it wouldn't be as good with oysters than French bread, but I'm open to hearing what others think.

My recipe, which I probably stole from another poster here, is:

SERVINGS: 12

2 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice (can just use regular bacon if can't find slab)
1 stick unsalted butter
1 celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small onion, finely diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 large baguettes (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch dice (12 cups)
4 dozen shucked oysters plus 1 cup oyster liquor, oysters halved (2 cups)
2 scallions, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 10-by-14-inch shallow baking dish. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and let melt, then add the celery, green pepper, onion and minced garlic and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the paprika, garlic powder and cayenne and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Put the diced baguettes in a large bowl. Spoon the bacon mixture on top. Add the oysters and their liquor along with the scallions and parsley.
3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the hot sauce and salt. Pour the eggs into the bowl and mix everything together. Scrape the dressing into the prepared baking dish and bake in the upper third of the oven for about 45 minutes, until heated through and crisp on top. Serve hot.

MAKE AHEAD The baked oyster dressing can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat in oven before serving.


This post was edited on 11/20 at 4:41 pm


gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
quote:

The sweetness of cornbread seems like it wouldn't be as good with oysters than French bread, but I'm open to hearing what others think.



I think it would take away from the oysters. What oysters cost today, I want my oyster dressing to taste like oysters and not be overshadowed with lots of other flavors.


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Trout Bandit
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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
SUB that looks like John Besh’s recipe. I’ve made it before and liked it.


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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
my go to family recipe calls for Pepperidge Farm herb seasoned classic stuffing


Saskwatch
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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
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family recipe


Our family always had an oyster dressing with rice instead of bread. I thought it was fairly standard but it seems like the French Bread version is the norm?

Does anyone else make it with rice?


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lostNkansas
Member since Jul 2006
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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
I have done this one on a smaller scale. Tres bien!
Ruth Fertel


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geauxpurple
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Member since Jul 2014
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re: Oyster Dressing- french bread or cornbread or both?
French bread in oyster dressing. Cornbread in cornbread dressing.


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