Dry bread slices on rack in 250-degree oven for 1 to 1 ¼ hours, or let air-dry overnight. Lightly coat a 2 ½-quart casserole or baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In skillet...

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10 to 12 servings

– Nonstick cooking spray

– 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, sliced

– 2 cups finely chopped celery

– 2 cups finely chopped onion

– ¾ cup butter

Turkey broth

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– 2 teaspoons lemon juice
– 3 jars (8 to 10 ounces each) fresh oysters, drained and cut up (reserve liquid)

– ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

– 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

– ¼ teaspoon salt

– Freshly ground black pepper

1. Dry bread slices on rack in 250-degree oven for 1 to 1 ¼ hours, or let air-dry overnight.

2. Lightly coat a 2 ½-quart casserole or baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In skillet, sauté celery and onion in butter until tender.

3. Break bread into ½-inch pieces, making about 11 cups; place in large mixing bowl. Add turkey broth and lemon juice to oyster liquid to make ½ cup. Sprinkle mixture over bread, tossing lightly. Add onion-celery mixture and oysters to bread; toss to mix well. Sprinkle with nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer stuffing to prepared baking dish. Cover and immediately bake in a preheated 325-degree oven 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking 10 minutes.