Oyster Loaf

La Mediatrice

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


Appears in

The Picayune's Creole Cook Book

By The Times Picayune Publishing Company

Published 1901

  • About


  • Delicate French Loaves of Bread
  • 2 Dozen Oysters to a Loaf
  • A Tablespoonful of Melted Butter


This is called the “famous peacemaker” in New Orleans. Every husband, who is detained down town, laughingly carries home an Oyster Loaf, or Mediatrice, to make “peace” with his anxiously waiting wife. Right justly is the Oyster Loaf called the “Peacemaker, ” for, well made, it is enough to bring the smiles to the face of the most disheartened wife.

Take delicate French loaves of bread and cut off, lengthwise, the upper portion. Dig the crumbs out of the center of each piece, leaving the sides and bottom like a square box. Brush each corner of the box and the bottom with melted butter, and place in a quick oven to brown. Fill with Broiled or Creamed Oysters. Cover with each other and serve.