This oyster dressing comes from my Louisiana grandmother. Its one dish my children, who are in their 30s, always return home for.
Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 55 mins
Cook: 40 mins
- 2 8 1/2 ounce boxes corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
- 2 large eggs, for the muffin mix
- 2/3 cup milk, for the muffin mix
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 1 half onion, finely chopped
- 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 pints fresh raw oysters
- Salt and pepper
- Follow the package directions for making the cornbread with the eggs and milk. Let cool and break into large chunks.
- In a large, deep skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the half-and-half, parsley, sage, thyme and basil and bring to a simmer. Add the oysters with their liquid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cornbread chunks and gently toss to coat.
- Spoon the stuffing into 2 buttered 3-quart casserole dishes, dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes.