Thanksgiving Dinner Southern Style – Oyster & Andouille Dressing

I love oysters.  Perhaps that is why I have always loved Oyster Dressing.  Oyster Dressing is easy to make too so that helps.  Take your standard cornbread dressing recipe and just stir in a dozen or so raw oysters.  Or you can really up the “Wow!” factor by making this amazing Oyster & Andouille Dressing

Oyster & Andouille Dressing
Recipe Type: Side
Author: Stuart Reb Donald
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 8
If you do not like oysters, just leave them out. I won’t judge ya. You’ll still have an amazing Andouille Dressing.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound andouille, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 5 TBL unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 TBL minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup whole kernal corn (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • Basic cornbread, dried overnight, enough to fill a 9 X 13 dish
  • 3 slices stale white or whole wheat bread, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 to 2 dozen raw Gulf oysters
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups homemade chicken stock, as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub 1 TBL butter in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage until brown and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Add remaining butter, onions, garlic, fresh thyme, fresh oregano and corn then cook for 3-5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  3. With your fingers, crumble the corn bread into the bowl, add bread, then sausage mixture, oysters and mix well with your hands. Add enough broth, 1/2 cup at a time, to moisten the dressing, being careful not to make it too mushy.
  4. Transfer to the buttered dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until heated through, about 25 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden brown, about 15 – 20 minutes.
Notes

If the dressing doesn’t have the right browned crust after 45 minutes place it under the broiler for a few minutes until you get the desired crunchification.

Oyster & Andouille Dressing

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