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Emeril's Oyster Dressing

Emeril's Thanksgiving Stuffing Showdown

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while those turkeys are ducking for cover, there's a kinder, gentler job to be done, and Chef Emeril Lagasse's the man to do it: His annual shootout over the kind of stuffing to make for that little gobbler.

Emeril prepared five stuffings recipes for Good Morning America, among them, an Oyster Dressing. Try his recipe in your own kitchen this Thanksgiving.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped green tops and whites
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (or canned low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 6 cups stale French bread, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pint fresh oysters, drained, and their strained liquor
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heavily butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.

    Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves to the pan and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, green onions, and parsley, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir the chicken stock into the vegetables and remove from the heat.

    Add the bread cubes and stir well to incorporate. Break the egg into the mixture and stir well, then add the oysters and their liquor, and the cheese. Pour the oyster dressing into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and bubbling on top, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Remove the pan from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

    Recipe excerpted from Prime Time Emeril, Emeril Lagasse, William Morrow and Company © 2001

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: oysters, parmesan cheese

    Course: Dressing, Side Dish

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