Recipe Finder

The Washington Post

Garlicky Mussels

Garlicky Mussels 4.000
Dec 17, 2003

Mussels in minutes.

Try that mantra during a month full of errands and impromptu dinners.

The butter takes on a more pungent garlic flavor if left to infuse for an hour or two; if time is a premium, compensate by tossing additional garlic into the butter. (The amount of butter may seem excessive. Not true if you wish to have sufficient sauce to sop up with bread or toss with pasta.)


Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 5 to 10 cloves large garlic
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 pounds live mussels cleaned and rinsed (discard any that do not respond to a tap on the shell by closing)
  • French bread or cooked linguine pasta

Directions

Using the flat side of a chef's knife, first smash the garlic, then finely chop it.

In a skillet over low heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside. (Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the flavors to meld or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

In a large pot, pour enough water to measure about 1 inch deep. Add the salt and mussels, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and steam the mussels until the shells open, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the opened mussels to a large platter, allowing as little water as possible to cling to the shells. Discard any mussels that do not open.

Meanwhile, reheat the garlic butter over low heat. Pour the warm butter over the hot mussels. Serve immediately with bread or linguine.


Add it
Rate it

Recipe Source

Adapted from "The New England Clam Shack Cookbook" by Brooke Donjy (Storey Books, 2003).

Tested by Renee Schettler.

E-mail questions to the Food Section.

E-mail questions to the Food Section at food@washpost.com.

Avg. Rating (0)

Rate this recipe

Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (not including bread or pasta): 438


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 38g 58%

Saturated Fat: 22g 110%

Cholesterol: 135mg 45%

Sodium: 501mg 21%

Total Carbohydrates: 7g 2%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 18g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

Most Read lifestyle
SECTION: !!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=bg52e9xhqr, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!