Mom made this dish every Thanksgiving and Christmas and we called it oyster dressing however; in truth, it’s probably scalloped oysters.
This is a repost from when I first started this blog and had no followers, so I want to share it with you oyster lovers now. It’s a favorite dish for us during the holidays and Mom made it as far back as I can remember. I later prepared it for Bill’s family with it being an instant hit. It’s always a race to see if it can be made before some people devour the raw oysters ~ you know who you are, Bill...
This oyster recipe is very simple --- the briny oysters are 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. You can add another layer of cracker between the oysters but it will not bake as crisp and will have a milder oyster flavor.
The French poet Léon-Paul Fargue said it perfectly, “Eating an oyster is “like kissing the sea on the lips.” For James Beard, oysters were simply “one of the supreme delights that nature has bestowed on man. ... Oysters lead to discussion, to contemplation, and to sensual delight. There is nothing quite like them.”
It has an addicting oyster taste that makes it a special side dish. Serve it bubbly hot and it will be a requisite on your holiday table also. Talk about savory and delectable, this is it!
Let the drooling begin Bubba! I know it’s your favorite dish!
Mom’s Oyster Dressing
2 pints shucked oysters, reserving liquor
1 stick butter
1-1/2 to 2 sleeves Club Cracker, about 70
¾ to 1 cup half and half
Salt and pepper, to taste
Butter a 9” x 13” baking dish liberally.
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.
Whatever you call it, it’s Oystery Delectable!
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