Holiday Recipes from Charleston Place

The holidays are a time of year when families are brought together around a dinner table covered in delicious family specialties. Here in Charleston, we have many holiday traditions involving food, including Oyster Dressing, Hoppin’ John and Collard Greens. It seems every family has their own version of a recipe and a story to go along with it.

We asked Chef Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill to share some of her recipes for holiday dishes that will be perfect for your family feast. Best wishes for a happy holiday and a prosperous new year from everyone at Charleston Place Hotel.

Chef Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill

Cornbread Oyster Dressing

Ingredients For Dressing
5 cups cornbread (recipe follows)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup small dice of bacon
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons Italian parsley leaves
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh sage
1 cup roughly chopped fresh baby spinach
1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups half-and-half
3 dozen oysters, shucked and liquor reserved
Ingredients For Cornbread
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup stone-ground white cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup whole buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Make the cornbread, roughly crumble it and leave it out overnight to dry. You will need five cups.

When you’re ready to make the dressing, preheat oven to 400°F. Melt butter in a medium sauté pan. Add onions, celery and bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and fat has rendered from the bacon. Remove the pan from heat and add lemon juice and zest and herbs. Allow mixture to cool slightly.

Put crumbled cornbread in a large bowl. Pour the onion mixture over the cornbread and gently toss together. Add spinach and toss again. Add Parmesan cheese. In a separate bowl, mix eggs and half-and-half and pour over the cornbread mixture. Add oysters and their liquor and carefully stir together.

Place mixture into a buttered 8 x 12 x 2-inch baking dish. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove dressing from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Preheat oven to 400°F and place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet inside to heat.

Sift flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt together. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs just enough to break them up. Stir in sour cream, buttermilk and oil. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.

Pour mixture into hot skillet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Serves: 6

Charleston Grill Collards

2 bunches collard greens, washed and stemmed and chopped rough
1 tablespoon oil
1 large yellow onion, diced small
5 slices apple smoked bacon, chopped rough
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
7 cups chicken stock (or low-sodium chicken broth)
1 bottle beer (Chef Michelle suggests Palmetto Amber)
2 teaspoons Texas Pete hot sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 cloves of garlic, minced


Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic, onions and bacon. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add vinegar, Texas Pete, stock and beer. Bring to a boil, and add the remaining ingredients. Stir in the collards a few at a time (they will wilt, so you will have enough room to get them all into the pot). Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 1½ to 2 hours or until tender.

Serves: 8

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Holiday Gift Guide

Shops at Charleston PlacePicking presents for friends and family is never a simple task. We at Charleston Place would like to make your holiday shopping a little bit easier this year with our gift guide.

There is something for everyone at The Shops at Charleston Place which include: Anne Fontaine, Bloom, Brighton, Brookstone, Calypso St. Barth, Chico’s, Colonial Candle, Everything But Water, Fresh Produce, Godiva Chocolatier, Gucci, Harleston Shoes, Isabella’s Collection, kate spade new york, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Mori Classics, Orient-Express Signature Boutique, Papyrus, Pandora, Sperry Top-Sider, St. John, Sunglass Hut, Talbots, Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market and Yves Delorme.

To make your shopping a little bit easier this year, we asked Betsy Garrity, Manager of the Orient-Express Boutique and Annette Sandford-Lopez, Director of The Spa at Charleston Place, their top picks for holiday gifts.

Charleston Place Gift Guide

For the Spa-lover
If you’re shopping for the spa-lover in your life, The Spa at Charleston Place is the place to go. Give a 1. Spa Gift Card that your loved one can use for a lavish scrub, a pedicure, or a relaxing massage. For those interested in forward-thinking skin care treatments, the 2. Clairsonic Mia2 and 3. NuFace Trinity are perfect gifts. The Clairsonic Mia2 Cleansing System works with skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind–revealing softer, smoother and more beautiful skin. The NuFace Trinity is a FDA approved device that will help lift and tone the face while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You can also find many other products at The Spa’s Online Gift Shop.

For the Charlestonian-at-heart
If you’re shopping for the Charlestonian-at-heart, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for at our Orient-Express Boutique. The Orient-Express Boutique offers many Lowcountry treasures such as 4. sweetgrass baskets, 5. embroidered pillows featuring the best of Charleston and much more.

For the Fashionista
The 6. Charleston Gate jewelry collection features beautifully crafted pieces inspired by the ornately designed iron gates located in Charleston. Also featured is 7. handcrafted jewelry by local designer Melissa Gray – perfect for any occasion. The 8. Charleston Scarf available at the Orient-Express Boutique is inspired by the architectural and decorative legacy of historic Charleston and captures some of the city’s most memorable and beloved features.

For the Foodie
You will find several recipe books filed with Southern delicacies such as the popular title 9. Charleston Receipts. If your foodie doesn’t want to start from scratch, 10. Geechie Mixes will make the perfect gifts. Available mixes include she crab soup and peach cobbler. Then, grab a few bags of the ever-popular 11. benne wafers to complete your foodie’s gift basket.

For the Art-Lover
12. The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World features compelling images of abandoned farmhouses, leaning tobacco barns, and boarded up redbrick towns of another era in Lowcountry South Carolina. Jonathan Green is an internationally recognized artist who was born and raised in the Lowcountry. His book, 13. Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green, features many of the Gullah images he is known for, is available at the Orient-Express Boutique.

Charleston Place Gift CertificateWith all of the amazing gifts to choose from, you’ll be able to cross “holiday shopping” off of your to-do list after a trip to Charleston Place. It could be as simple as purchasing a Charleston Place Gift Card that can be used for a stay at the hotel, one of our specialty treatments at The Spa, a dinner at Charleston Grill or the Palmetto Cafe, drinks or afternoon tea at The Thoroughbred Club. Or, you can take advantage of our Gift of Giving Package. This holiday season, book your getaway at Charleston Place, and receive a $100 hotel gift certificate to give to a loved one or use yourself for a future visit.

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