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What to do with smoked mussels?

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For months now, I have been eyeing the smoked mussels at Whole Foods always at the seafood counter. Do you have any favorite ways to use smoked mussels? I am a big fan of mussels and of course usually if I buy them in shell will cook them with a simple butter, wine and herbs but I was wondering if there is a good way to use the smoked mussels which have already been shelled.

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  1. I just brought a batch of Willapa Bay smoked oysters back to the SF Bay Area for my phlebotomist. He was so eager to get them, he just ate a couple cold right then and there. My share I took home and sautéed in butter to warm them up. Then I ate them, accompanied by a glass of Graves.

    I expect mussels would get the same treatment.

    1. I can't say I've tried them, but I think I would make a chowder with them, or a seafood pizza.

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      1. re: Musie

        I agree with the pizza. I've often mad a pizza using caponata as a base along with canned smoked mussels, so I imagine yours might even be better.

      2. Serve them as topping for bruschette.

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        1. You could also make a dip or spread.

          1. What kind of smoked mussels? The small New England ones in a plastic container, or the giant NZ greenlipped mussels in the vacuum bag? The small ones are very versatile. Lots you can do with them. I like to put them in a puttanesca sauce with tomatoes, capers and basil. The big NZ mussels on the other hand, while great tasting, are very tough and fibrous. You'd have to chop them to put them in a lot of dishes, which would take a lot of the fun out of eating them.

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