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Chef Keith Long of Factors Row in Annapolis never ceases to amaze the taste buds. Here is his version of Oyster stuffingThis is a must for Thanksgiving dinner, this is some of the best stuffing you will ever have.

Ingredients:
-2 TBSP Duck Fat (butter can be used as a substitute but do not expect the same taste)
-1/4 Cup Minced Shallots
-1/2 Cup Diced Bacon
-1/2 Cup Diced Celery
-1 Bratwurst cooked then sliced into half coins
-2 Cups Shucked Oysters
-2 QTS Diced Baguette
-2 Cups Red Wine
-2 QTS Chicken Stock
-2 TBSP Chopped Parsley
-1 TBSP Sage Chiffonade
-1/2 tsp Tabasco
-1/4 tsp Grated Nutmeg
-Salt & Pepper

Directions:
Cook the shallots, Bacon, Celery and bratwurst in the duck fat till fully rendered then deglaze the pan with the red wine. Cook down till almost dry then add chicken stock. Add the remaining ingredients and cook till fully incorporated. Place in a baking dish and bake at 350 till top is browned.

photograph by Jay Fleming
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