Oyster Stuffing with Fresh Herbs

November 2011
Oyster Stuffing with Fresh Herbs

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Bake: 50 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 large baguette (1 lb.), cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 large bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 containers  (10 oz. each) freshly shucked oysters, quartered if large (about 2 cups) and liquid reserved
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons smoked or regular paprika
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Grease a 9-by- 13-inch baking dish. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the celery and scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Scrape into the bowl with the bread and add the chicken broth, oysters with liquid, parsley, tarragon, paprika, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with greased foil and bake until hot, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes.
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