Lucy Buffett's grand and glorious Oyster Dressing recipe.
- 12 tablespoons/1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, divided, plus more for baking dish
- 1 (8-inch-square) baked and cooled cornbread, preferably on the sweet side
- 15 slices white or wheat bread, toasted and cooled
- ½ large white onion, finely chopped
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- ½ large green bell pepper, finely chopped
- ½ cup chicken broth, plus more as needed
- 2 dozen freshly shucked or jarred oysters, preferably Gulf oysters, drained and coarsely chopped (reserve the oyster liquor)
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce, preferably Crystal
- ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped, or 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 ½ teaspoons truffle salt or sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by 13-inch baking dish.
- Crumble cornbread into a large bowl. Tear toasted white or wheat bread into very small pieces, add to cornbread, and toss to combine
- Melt 8 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and bell pepper; sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Cover pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are almost translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove cover, add broth, and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, for 2 to 3 minutes. Continue to cook mixture for 1 more minute, then remove from heat, add to bread mixture, and stir to combine.
- In a medium bowl, stir together oysters, lemon juice, hot sauce, parsley, sage, salt and white pepper. Add to bread mixture and stir well to combine. If dressing seems too dry, add a little oyster liquor and up to 1/2 cup more chicken broth; mixture should be very moist.
- Pour dressing into greased baking dish. Cut remaining 4 tablespoons butter into small pieces and scatter over top of dressing. Bake until top and sides are browned, 40 to 45 minutes.
- Yields 8 to 10 servings
Editorial ... I recommend adding 1/2 cup of dry vermouth to the vegetables and reducing before adding the broth in step three.