Oyster Dressing Mom's Way, Our Thanksgiving Staple



Not all sides are created equal!

This Oyster Dressing is the star on the Thanksgiving table for most us here.  Bill loves it, but turkey is the star to him, probably because of leftover turkey:  sandwiches, ala king, and those big turkey legs.  

Not so pretty, but Oh!  So Good!

We roast one large turkey, a turkey breast and a duck or goose for dinner.  That’s a whole lot of fowl to me!

Mom always made this oyster dish every Thanksgiving and Christmas from the days way back when.  I’ve posted it before and tis’ the season for re-posting it, it’s that good!  

Bold and briny oysters from our fave butcher, Orchard Prime Meats


We’ve always called it Oyster Dressing...

 

It’s a simple dish of oysters, oyster liquor, Club Crackers, lots of butter, half and half, and salt and pepper.  It’s delicious!
 
Like I said, it’s a hit here and disappears in a blink of an eye!  But, if you're lucky enough to have leftovers, woo hoo!

Try it, you’ll like it, or maybe not, if oysters aren't your thing! 


OYSTER DRESSING
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

2 pints, shucked oysters, reserving liquor
1 stick butter, cut into about 10 slices
2 sleeves (of 13-ounces box)*
¾ to 1 cup half and half
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
Cooking spray

Method:

Coat a 9” x 13” baking dish liberally with cooking spray.
Crumble crackers into chunks.
Spread half of the crackers in baking dish.
Top with one pint of oysters (if very large, cut in half)
Slice butter and dot with half of the slices.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Repeat layers.
Pour reserved oyster liquor over top.
Pour half and half over all, just to top of layers.
Bake in 375° oven till bubbly and top is brown, about 30-55 minutes, depending upon your oven, until lightly browned on top.
Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
*  For crisper dish, use 1½ to 1¾ sleeves


Enjoy!

 

42 comments:

  1. Can you believe I have never had an oyster? Well I think this may be my first try! happy thanksgiving

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  2. I started drooling the day you said the oysters were ordered!

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    1. Hi son! I know what you mean! Only 3 more days! Love

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  3. wow those oysters! I am seriously drooling over them.

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  4. Looks good Pam and now that I eat oysters I'd sure go for it. As a kid I would not eat them but mom always made oyster stuffing and it went into the bird cavity

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    1. Hi Larry! Know what you mean, I didn't like them when I was a kid but love them now. All the butter and crackers makes this really good!

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  5. I love oysters but turkey has never been something I rave about. Having said that when my Mum bred them and they chicks were fed on Jersey milk thy tasted so much better!! Hope all is well, Diane

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  6. Hi Diane! Good to see you! I get it, I'm not much of a turkey eater either, but your Mum's sounds good! Take care

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  7. Hi Pam! What a cool way to remember your mom!

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  8. This is an amazing recipe Pam, looks wonderful!!

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  9. I like both oysters and turkey, but I don't think I would be enthusiastic about the combination. I'd rather save the oysters for a different feast. Your recipe looks very rich and good.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. The dressing is great with turkey, Mae! We have the oysters at Christmas dinner with prime rib. Good!

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  10. That is a new recipe for me, but sounds do incredibly good! Have a lovely day☺

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    1. Thanks, natalia! You have a lovely day also!

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  11. I am completely unfamiliar with oysters, but this does sound intriguing.

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    1. Oh, oysters are great! On a cracker or with nothing, it's a good thing!

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  12. What a brilliant and creative idea! I have never seen anything quite like this but so love oysters and will definitely have to cook this dish for our Christmas table. Thank you Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Merryn! We have it for Chistmas dinner too, love it, and hope you do too!

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  13. Yum! This looks so good. I'm a fan of cornbread sutffing, but will have try this, too. Happy Thanksgiving wishes.

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    1. Thanks, Buttercup! I like cornbread stuffing too! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  14. Those are some fine looking oysters you get at Orchard Prime Meats and that's one tasty look dressing dish you have there. I love a good oyster dressing,but those slimy little mollusk are terribly expensive over here so have a bite for me would you?

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    1. Hi Ron! The butcher shop is great, always good meat etc there! The oyster dressing is great and wish I could share it with you and all. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  15. Oyster stuffing is wonderful! Yours looks excellent -- such a classic, easy dish that's SO loaded with flavor. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, John! It is a classic and I'd be run out of town if I didn't serve it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  16. I have never heard of this dish before, but I am sure I’d like it! Hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hi cakelaw! It might just be a Midwest and Southern thing here in the states. Here's wishing you and yours a perfect Thanksgiving!

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  17. It's been years and years since I've had oyster dressing! I loved it, but Bill would probably revolt if I made it instead of my mom's stuffing. I'd definitely love to try yours! Happy Thanksgiving, Pam!

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    1. Well, LiZ, you should change that and make this! 😉 I serve regular dressing also, but the oyster dressing goes quickly. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  18. I never thought in oyster and Thanksgiving...now you made me think...delicious together with turkey...yum! Thank you so much for the recipe...I have to try this...
    Happy Thanksgiving Pam!

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Juliana! Hope you consider it, if you like oysters! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. I've never tasted oyster stuffing. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family, Pam!

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  20. Pam, I hope that you and yours are having a great Thanksgiving! We are in Omaha with snow and family... My better half would love your oyster dressing...but I'm into spicy sausage dressing. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! I would like that spicy sausage dressing too, sounds good! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, snow and all! We've got snow today. Take care

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  21. I love oysters, and these look really delicious!

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    1. Hi JOyce! The dressing is really good for oyster lovers! Take care

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