Thirty-five years ago, a group of friends went to a little Italian restaurant south of New Orleans. We all fell in love with their oyster dressing. We ate it so often the guys made a bet to see who could duplicate the recipe. After many tries, one of our friends figured it out and won the bet. During this time I was pregnant with my son and I craved oysters any way but raw. My husband made this for me at least twice a week (35-year-old son came into this world loving oysters). Last year I found the original restaurant recipe in a New Orleans cookbook; our friend hit the nail on the head. This is his version.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped, or more to taste
- 1 ½ tablespoons dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1 quart fresh shucked oysters, drained and liquid reserved
- 1 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9-inch square baking dish.
- 2 Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper until combined, and gently mix in the oysters. Cook, stirring often, until the edges of the oysters begin to curl, about 8 minutes. Stir in the bread crumbs and reserved oyster liquid until the stuffing is thoroughly combined. Lightly spoon the stuffing into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the stuffing with Parmesan cheese.
- 3 Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Calories 430.2
- Carbohydrate 27.1 g
- Cholesterol 181.3 mg
- Fat 24.7 g
- Fiber 1.7 g
- Protein 24.1 g
- Saturated Fat 13.1 g
- Sodium 1494 mg
- Sugar 2.3 g