Taste of Maryland, Traditional Oyster Dressing Recipe

Do you have a traditional holiday recipe you can't live without on Thanksgiving?

By MATT FLEMING, Capital News Service

Have you recently migrated to the area, or are you just a marooned landlubber? In any case, you might need this skipjack oyster recipe, courtesy of the Maryland Office of Tourism, to celebrate the holidays -- Maryland style:

2  large stalks celery
1  medium onion
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter
1  teaspoon salt
1/2  teaspoon lemon and pepper seasoning
1/8  teaspoon mace
1/8  teaspoon tarragon
1/8  teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2  teaspoon lemon juice
1  pint shucked Maryland oysters, with liquor
8  slices day old bread, cubed

Finely chop celery and onions.  Sauté in margarine or butter until tender.  Mix in seasonings.  Add oysters with liquor and simmer until edges of oysters just begin to curl.  Remove from heat and gently mix in bread cubes.  Adjust moistness with water as desired.  Makes about 4 cups dressing (allow about ½ cup per pound for fish; 1 cup per pound for poultry).
Note:  For an extra special tangy taste, core and finely chop 2 medium apples and add with celery and onions when cooking.  Yield will increase about ½ cup.

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