Baguette, Smoked Oyster, and Pancetta Stuffing


8 Servings

  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, divided, plus more
  • 10 cups coarsely torn baguette, dried out overnight
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼” pieces
  • 2 large leeks, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, choppedKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup Cognac
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped canned smoked oysters
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a shallow 3-qt. baking dish and a sheet of foil. Place bread in a very large bowl.

Step 2

Toast nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Let cool; add to bowl with bread.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook pancetta, stirring often, until browned and crisp, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to bowl with a slotted spoon.

Step 4

Add leeks and celery to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until leeks are golden brown and soft, 10–15 minutes. Transfer to bowl.

Step 5

Reduce heat, add Cognac to skillet (take care, as it can ignite), and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until almost all evaporated, about 1 minute. Add ½ cup butter; cook, stirring, until melted. Drizzle over bread mixture.

Step 6

Whisk eggs and 2 cups stock in a medium bowl; pour over bread mixture. Add oysters, thyme, sage, and lemon zest, season with salt and pepper, and toss, adding more stock ¼-cupful at a time as needed (you may not use it all), until combined and bread is hydrated. Transfer to prepared dish and dot with remaining ¼ cup butter. Top with lemon slices.

Step 7

Cover with buttered foil; bake until a paring knife inserted into the center comes out hot, 30–35 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450°. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown and crisp, 20–25 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Step 8

DO AHEAD: Stuffing can be assembled 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.