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Baked Mussels in Garlic Butter Sauce

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Rating: 5/5
5 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 50139
Baked Mussels in Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe
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2 pounds frozen whole shell mussels

Garlic Butter

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Thoroughly beat softened butter, garlic, parsley and pepper with wooden spoon or mash together with fork. Remove and discard top shell of each mussel and place mussels on a baking sheet.

Apply garlic butter mixture to mussels and bake for 7 minutes. Serve garnished with a wedge of lemon and sprig of parsley. Fresh bread for dipping.

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404 calories, 28 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrates, 27 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Jul 8, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Recipe should insist on LOTS of bread for dipping because the garlic butter is almost as good as the mussels themselves. Made this as an appetizer but it really could be a whole meal it's so delicious.

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Jan 6, 2002

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I could easily make a meal out of these! I used salted butter because I was afraid it would lack flavor otherwise. That was the only change I made.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I'm pretty sure you are supposed to THAW the mussels before using. I think the recipe just failed to include that but it's pretty much implied otherwise getting the top shell of would be a pain I would imagine. Also, they'd tend to be wattery and thin the butter sauce. Properly written this recipe should probably read to put the thawed mussels in a baking pan large enough to hold them in a single layer then put the sauce over them and bake. By having them on a baking sheet the sauce goes all over and this way you can spoon it back on top or when serving put into a bowl with the mussels and then have more dipping sauce for the bread. Overall this is a decent recipe but it implies a lot that many cooks might not know or think to do.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I wasn't sure why this called for frozen mussels. I bought fresh and they worked great. Simple recipe but I liked that because I love the flavor of fresh mussels.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Tricky with the frozen mussels, but well worth it. It was described as BETTER than a restaurant!! woo hoo!!

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