What could be easier than a big pot of steamed mussels for your guests to snack on while you work on dinner. Or conversely, why not serve mussels and french fries as a main course. Or a nice bowl of mussels in broth with a crusty french stick for dipping and a tossed side salad. Dinner in under 15 min.
Mussels are a powerhouse of good nutrition.
Mussels are an excellent source of high quality protein. They are also a good source of Vitamin c and B12, iron, zinc, antioxidants and Omega 3's. To top it all off they are low in Cholesterol. So eat and enjoy.
Mussels are easy to prepare.
Mussels should smell fresh like the ocean. When refrigerating them prior to use, cover with damp toweling and drain regularly. When ready to use simply dump the mussels in a colander and rinse under cold water. Discard any that do not close when tapped. You are now ready to cook.
Put the mussels in a pot. You will need to leave room for the mussels to open and expand. Add liquid, (about 1 cup). This could be water, wine, beer, or even tinned tomatoes. Add some chopped garlic, onion and celery, cover and place on the stove. Turn the element to high. When the steam escapes from the pot, about 5 -7 minutes remove the pot from the element and let stand for 3 minutes without removing the lid. Serve and enjoy!