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baked mussels
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5 from 6 votes

Baked mussels

These baked mussels are an easy and delicious combination of tender mussels with a crisp, garlicy crumb topping.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer/Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 (or less if served with sides as a main)
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb mussels 450g
  • 3 tablespoon water approx
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs 4 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan or pecorino
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 pinch dry oregano (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Prepare a baking dish with slightly scrunched foil in it (to help the mussels be able to sit level).
  • Scrub the mussels, removing any dirt and hairy bit, clean and discard any that are broken.
  • Put the mussels in a pot with the water, cover and put on a medium-high heat for a couple minutes until they open up. Remove form the heat.
  • Meanwhile, mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley, garlic, oregano and olive oil in a small bowl.
  • When the mussels have steamed, remove one side of the shell and use it to loosen the mussel from the shell, if still attached. Sit the mussel on one side of the shell and set it level on the foil in baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the mussels.
  • Spoon/press some of the breadcrumb mixture on top of each mussel, trying to cover the mussel itself as far as possible. If you like, put a little of the mussel cooking juice in the bottom of the shell to help keep the mussel moist.
  • Bake the mussels for approx 7-10 minutes until gently golden on top. Serve warm or room temp (don't re-heat them as they will likely go dry and/or tough).

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Notes

Note this recipe gives a relatively light coating of breadcrumbs which is a nice balance of crumb to mussel, but if you prefer more crumbs, you can make more of the topping mixture. 

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg