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Oyster Brioche Stuffing

  • Yield: Makes 6 cups
Oyster Brioche Stuffing

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2001


  • 12 slices brioche, 3/4 inch thick, crusts removed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 celery ribs, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cognac, (optional)
  • 2 dozen shucked oysters, 1/3 cup liquor reserved
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut brioche into 3/4-inch cubes. Spread on a 17-by-12-inch baking sheet; bake until dry and golden, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  2. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. When hot, add onion, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, 3 minutes. Add nutmeg, cayenne, cognac, and oyster liquor; cook until liquid is absorbed, 1 minute. Add oysters and cream; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

  3. In a large bowl, toss together brioche, oyster mixture, and parsley. Use for stuffing immediately. Note: If baking outside the turkey, spread in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake until golden on top, about 20 minutes. Stir stuffing, and bake another 20 minutes.

Reviews (2)

  • cocinadiary 3 Dec, 2010

    This is the best stuffing EVER. I have been making it every other Thanksgiving for years, and this Thanksgiving when it was time to impress my future mother-in-law, who loves oyster, this is what I made. She loved it! So, thanks Martha for helping me with this :-)

  • angier723 15 Nov, 2009

    I have made this stuffing every year since 2004. This is the first dish that is empty during the holidays. I am now responsible for the stuffing at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas! This recipe has become a new family tradition!

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