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Chrysalis123 posted 6/3/2013 19:12 PM

I love having mussels at restaurants, with the delicious broth. Just found a good source for need recipes.

How do you prepare them?

MoreWould posted 6/3/2013 19:22 PM

Easiest thing in the world.

Wash the mussels and scrape off the "beards" with the edge of a sharp knife. Do not cut yourself. Throw away any that are already open.

Prepare a sauce of enough volume to cover about a third of the mussels. Basic "moules marinere":

Half a bottle of dry white wine, 1 stick of butter, juice of one large lemon, a lot of chopped fresh garlic, salt to taste.

Bring the sauce to a boil, dump in the mussels, cook covered until the mussels open. It only takes a few minutes, don't overcook! You might want to stir the pile once or twice.

Garnish with fresh parsley, basil shallots or whatever.

Serve with hot french bread for dipping the sauce out.

Variations include less wine, no lemon and cream.
Sometimes with onions and tomatoes.
Some like taragon and Dijon mustard in the sauce.

If you're at the beach, all you need is a bag of fresh mussels, half a bucket of fresh seawater, a lemon and a fire. Most traditional.

[This message edited by MoreWould at 7:26 PM, June 3rd (Monday)]

Dark Inertia posted 6/3/2013 20:18 PM

We always just steamed it with wine and garlic. No fuss no muss kind of recipe.

Want2help posted 6/3/2013 22:36 PM

This is similar to what I get when I go to a favorite brewery on the coast:

gonnabe2016 posted 6/3/2013 23:59 PM

I'm glad that there are people like you all in the world that will eat shit like this. Not.Me. (good news....more mussels for you! )

MoreWould posted 6/4/2013 17:43 PM

My FWW feels the same way. Miracle we're still married, but like you say, more mussels for me. They helped me get through a few dark nights during R. Well, that and beer.

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