What to do with this seasonal delicacy now that the holidays are upon us?
At my house, we have the perfect answer: oyster dressing (probably really "scalloped" oysters! This is a favorite dish for us during the holidays and has been made in my family for as long as I can remember. I later prepared it for Bill’s family with it being an instant hit. It is always a race to see if it can be made before some people devour the raw oysters.
This oyster recipe is very simple, with the briny oysters layered with butter, half and half and crumbled crackers. Do not skimp on the ingredients; use real butter, half and half and a rich butter cracker. Do not crush the crackers into dust; crumble them into bite-size chunks. Use less crackers for a crisper dish.
It has a mild oyster taste and is a special side dish. It may become a requisite on your holiday table. Talk about savory and delectable, this is it!
Mom’s Oyster Dressing
2 pints shucked oysters, reserving liquor
1 stick butter
2 sleeves Club Crackers*¾ to 1 cup half and half
Salt and pepper, to taste
Butter a 9” x 13” baking dish well.
Crumble crackers into chunks.
Spread half of the crackers in the baking dish.
Top with one pint of oysters.
Dot with ½ stick butter.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Pour reserved oyster liquor over top.
Pour half and half over all, just to top of layers, do not cover completely.
Bake in 375 degree oven till bubbly and top is brown, about 30-45 minutes.
*For a crisper dish, use less crackers