It sounds gross but it’s not!
This is a new dish for me, and one that I only know about because of Jay. This was his request for “something new for Thanksgiving,” and I’m doubling it as his Birthday Blog Dish, which isn’t a real thing but should totally be a real thing. Jay’s birthday is on or around Thanksgiving (13 days before Beck’s interestingly), but he’s not into desserts much (we don’t eat them that often, and he’s more into calories elsewhere), so it’s not terribly practical for me to throw a huge cake around here once a year. Because I’d end up eating it all.
But! This he’s totally on board with. A family friend that we’ve had several holidays with makes a version of oyster dressing which, best I can tell, is something of a New Orleans invention. It’s not supposed to be fishy necessarily, but super savory and umami-ish from the salty oysters and bacon. Like any stuffing it can be made well in advance, but it does need oven space right before the meal – should that factor into any of your meal planning.