makes ten servings
1/2 cup bacon, cut into 1/4" strips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 large onions, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups washed oyster mushrooms, torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups shucked oysters with their liquor
3 cups peeled salsify or parsnips, cut into 1" pieces, boiled until tender
2—3 cups low-salt chicken broth or turkey stock
2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup oyster sauce
16 cups stale, plain French baguette, cubed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
3 tablespoons chopped chives
Butter a 9x13x2" baking dish and set aside. Cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is cooked but not browned. Add 2 Tbsp. butter and the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Transfer bacon mixture to a bowl.
Return skillet to medium heat; add the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter and oil. Add oyster mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add oysters, salsify, broth, heavy cream, and oyster sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
Preheat oven to 375°. Put bread in a large bowl. Add reserved bacon mixture and mushroom mixture from skillet. Season to taste with salt and pepper and fold in lemon juice, tarragon, and chives. The bread should be quite wet, but there should be no pooling liquid once it's well mixed. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until browned and crisp, about 45 minutes.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Anita Lo, Annisa, 13 Barrow Street, New York, New York 10014 | Bon Appetit, November 2011