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What to do with smoked mussels?

fldhkybnva Jan 27, 2013 05:54 PM

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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    GH1618 Jan 27, 2013 06:28 PM

    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. Musie Jan 28, 2013 05:23 AM

      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
        jnk Jan 28, 2013 09:23 AM

        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.

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        MagicMarkR Jan 28, 2013 08:32 AM

        Serve them as topping for bruschette.

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        1. re: MagicMarkR
          fldhkybnva Jan 28, 2013 09:20 AM

          Oooh, that sounds quite lovely.

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          GH1618 Jan 28, 2013 08:48 AM

          You could also make a dip or spread.

          1. EricMM Jan 28, 2013 01:40 PM

            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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            1. re: EricMM
              fldhkybnva Jan 28, 2013 02:22 PM

              The former.

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