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Jan 14, 2007 08:40 PM

Mussel recipes

My favorite is mussels marinara--any other suggestions???

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  1. mussels cooked in beer are excellent, in particular the following two recipes (more guidelines than recipes, actually):
    --Mussels cooked in guiness (enough guiness to cover the mussels. add in 1 or 2 chipotles in adobo sauce which have been mashed up (or just the sauce). add a couple of chopped shallots. simmer until mussels open. enjoy.
    --Mussels cooked in Belgian-style wheat beer, such as Hogaarden or Blanche de Chambly. same amount as for previous recipe. add some shallots (or garlic or onions, for that matter).

    1. Mussels cooked in white wine and garlic. Then, finished off with tarragon and a splash of cream.

      1. We had the most amazing green Thai curry mussels in London. I have no idea of a recipe for it, but per the menu it involved lime, coriander, coconut, chili and lemongrass.

        The place serves mussels about 10 ways, maybe something will spark an idea for you?


        1. However you cook your mussels, here's a great tip: Remove the mussels from the sauce with a Chinese wire strainer or slotted spoon as soon as they open then boil down the sauce for a few minutes before returning the mussels to the pot to rewarm them. This concentrates all the luscious mussel liquid in the sauce and makes any sauce that much more flavorful.

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          1. re: JoanN

            Thanks for the tip, Joan. I make mussels often enough, so I'll be sure to make good use of your advice. Especially good with mussels provencal, I imagine, to reduce the water content of the tomatoes.

          2. best mussles we ever made were steamed in coconut milk flavored with lemongrass- delicate and rich.