Baked Mussels

Baked mussels are a scrumptious delight that anyone can prepare at home. This recipe makes the perfect appetizer or side dish for any gathering. Fresh mussels, combined with flavorful ingredients like garlic, butter, and cheese, then baked to perfection, result in a dish that's both savory and satisfying.

The warmth of the oven brings out the natural taste of the mussels, while the other ingredients provide an enticing blend of flavors. Best of all, this recipe is simple to follow. So let's dive in and create an amazing dish that will surely impress your friends and family!

Why This Recipe Works

The brilliance of this recipe lies in its simplicity and flavor intensity. Mussels are naturally briny and sweet, and when baked, they take on a unique tender yet slightly chewy texture that seafood enthusiasts adore. Our approach amplifies these flavors, pairing the mussels with aromatic garlic, fresh parsley, and a squeeze of zesty lemon. The result is a light, yet incredibly flavorful dish that harmonizes the taste of the sea with vibrant herbs and seasonings.

Furthermore, this recipe is a versatile crowd-pleaser. Not only does it serve as an elegant appetizer for gatherings, but it's also a quick and nutritious main for weeknight dinners. It's packed with lean protein, essential vitamins, and minerals from the mussels, making it a healthy option too. Plus, the ingredients are relatively simple and the preparation straightforward, meaning you don't have to be a seasoned chef to make this delicious, restaurant-quality dish at home. So why not dive in and treat your taste buds to an oceanic adventure with our baked mussels recipe?

Ingredients

Fresh Mussels - Mussels are the heart of this dish. Choose fresh, tightly closed mussels. The shells should be shiny and smell like the sea. A good substitute can be clams or oysters.

Garlic - Adds an essential aromatic flavor. Fresh garlic is the best option, but you can use minced or jarred garlic if fresh isn't available.

Parsley - Provides a fresh and herbal touch. Fresh parsley is the best but you can use dried parsley if fresh isn't available.

White Wine - Enhances the flavor of the mussels. Go for a dry, crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc. Non-alcoholic alternatives include white grape juice or chicken broth.

Butter - Brings richness and creaminess to the dish. Choose unsalted butter for better control over the salt level. For a dairy-free option, you can use olive oil.

Tips

  • Make sure to thoroughly clean the mussels before cooking. They can often have sand or grit inside them.
  • Discard any mussels that are already open before cooking. They may not be fresh.
  • Don't overcook the mussels. They can become tough and chewy if cooked for too long.
  • After cooking, discard any mussels that haven't opened. They are not safe to eat.
  • Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste.

How to Serve

These baked mussels are a fantastic appetizer, perfect for dinner parties, or a fancy treat to spice up a regular dinner at home. Their rich, savory flavors pair well with a variety of sides and drinks.

  • Serve these mussels with warm crusty bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.
  • You can also pair them with a light salad to balance out the richness.
  • Pair the mussels with a fresh tomato and cucumber salad, serve them over a bed of warm linguine, or accompany them with roasted asparagus and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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Baked Mussels

Enjoy a gourmet dinner with our simple baked mussels recipe. It's easy to make, rich, savory, and perfect for any special occasion.
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Course: seafood
Cuisine: European
Keyword: mussels, white wine
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh mussels
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • A handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Clean and debeard the mussels.
  • Place the mussels in a baking dish.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Pour the garlic butter over the mussels.
  • Add the white wine to the dish.
  • Bake the mussels for about 20 minutes or until they open.
  • Discard any mussels that do not open.
  • Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the mussels before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 1g Fat: 45g Saturated Fat: 29g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 120mg Sodium: 374mg Potassium: 232mg Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 1401IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 57mg Iron: 1mg

Notes

  • Make sure to thoroughly clean the mussels before cooking. They can often have sand or grit inside them.
  • Discard any mussels that are already open before cooking. They may not be fresh.
  • Don't overcook the mussels. They can become tough and chewy if cooked for too long.
  • After cooking, discard any mussels that haven't opened. They are not safe to eat.
  • Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste.
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