Southern Oyster Dressing Gourmet Meals for Less

Southern Oyster Dressing- adapted from Southern Living

Serves 8


2 medium onions, diced
4 celery ribs, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (8-oz.) containers fresh oysters, drained and coarsely chopped
2/3 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup butter
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 large eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pan southern style cornbread, crumbled
(can be made a day or two before to make preparation easier)

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Sauté first 5 ingredients in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Stir in oysters and next 9 ingredients; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until edges of oysters begin to curl. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

2. Place mixture in a large bowl; stir in eggs and cheese. Fold in cornbread. Place mixture in a lightly greased 3-qt. or 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

3. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step 2. Cover tightly, and freeze up to one month. Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Proceed with recipe as directed.