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Oyster Dressing with Tarragon & Gruyère

Chef Max Hussey, Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House

This dressing is dear to Max, as his mother prepared it every holiday he can remember. “When my mum passed this April, I inherited her cookbooks dating back before I was born. This recipe is in a book held together with rubber bands and Scotch tape with notes for each holiday, and the outcome of each attempt at making it.”

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Chef Max Hussey of Folk’s Folly makes his mother’s oyster dressing every year for the holidays. Image: Folk’s Folly

Oyster Dressing with Tarragon & Gruyère

Chef Max Hussey of Folk's Folly
This rich and slightly briny oyster dressing is absolutely delicious. Make it this year for the holidays.
5 from 1 vote
Course Side
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 ½ cups small diced stale baguette
  • ½ pound unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot sliced
  • 2 ½ cups shucked oysters with liqueur
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 large lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 cup finely grated Gruyère cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Toast the diced bread for approximately 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Once the butter is melted, add the sliced shallots and sauté until aromatic and translucent in color.
  • While the shallots are cooking, place the toasted bread, oysters, spinach, tarragon, lemon juice and zest in a mixing bowl. Add ½ of the Gruyère cheese (1/2 cup). Once the shallots are cooked, pour the hot butter and shallot mixture over the ingredients in the mixing bowl. Begin to work the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. They will come together much like a classic turkey stuffing.
  • With all the ingredients combined, place the mixture in an oven-safe casserole dish. Top with the remainder of the Gruyère cheese.
  • Bake the dressing for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes prior to serving.
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