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Old 11-01-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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5 Lbs Mussels All By Myself

Yesterday, I was in Costco and had an urge for something different. I bought a 5 Lb sack of mussels. Checked and washed all of them this afternoon. I only had 5-6 that had to be trashed!

I had some very good homemade marinara in my freezer.
I peeled/mashed two large garlic cloves, sauted them in olive oil and mashed them again in the oil and reserved them on the side, added 6 big shrimp turning once on medium high heat.
I then added about 1 cup of the marinara, a splash of red good red wine and then the mussels. (about two pounds).
I covered the pan for about 8-9 minutes until they all opened.

I served them over linguine and topped it all off with some chopped herbs and a very hot pepper.
Of course I drank plenty beer and really enjoyed the meal. I ate every single mussel on the serving dish.

I now have 3 more pounds to devour over the next day or so. It will be fun using them. Hard to beat the way I made them today. But I am open to any and all suggestions.
Sometimes its not to bad to be the only one who likes mussels.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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This interests me, Roll Bones. Are mussels available at our Costcos up north? Our nearest Costco is about 45 minutes away, we may have to do a trip soon!

I envision much butter and minced garlic, with a big squirt of lemon juice.
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Sounds great!
Here's one of my favorite recipes for mussels. I add extra butter and crushed, chopped garlic, and serve it over linguine:
Saffron mussels - Chatelaine
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:58 AM   #4
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here's a few i prepared earlier,as they say,rb.every one has plenty of garlic in too...mussels & garlic...match made in heaven!!a couple of receep links too:
Harry's Mussels & Chorizo with Peppers
Harry's Mixed Seafood Fettucine
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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Check out Ina Garten's Garlicky Mussels. Can't be them with some crusty bread.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:19 AM   #6
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I have heard they go nicely with Blue Cheese..

it's a whole Pom Frittes sort of thing, and Mayo for the fries..


I would try that!

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I have heard they go nicely with Blue Cheese..

it's a whole Pom Frittes sort of thing, and Mayo for the fries..


I would try that!

Eric, Austin Tx.
moules frites,bottom left photo,one of my favs.cooked those last week i think.i add some garlic to the mayo too.can never have too much garlic!
can't see mussels & blue cheese somehow.salty seafood/salty cheese....dunno,could be wrong,just can't see it working
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This interests me, Roll Bones. Are mussels available at our Costcos up north? Our nearest Costco is about 45 minutes away, we may have to do a trip soon!

I envision much butter and minced garlic, with a big squirt of lemon juice.
Yes, if we can get them here, you can get them there I am certain.
Call first to be sure.
Our Costco always, year round has mussels and clams. Both farm raised.
Now don't lose interest.

I do not like most anything farm raised, especially shrimp and salmon. But Costco searches the globe for the very best to put in their stores.
The clams (little necks)are raised in the FL. Keys! The mussels are raised in Canada. Both are raised suspended in the water column. They are very clean and as you can see, only a few were dead when I washed them.

Both are raised in the ocean, not in man made ponds. You need to research this. I did and was extremely impressed.
This is why they are so good and very inexpensive.
The 5Lbs of mussels cost under $15.00.

The farm raised salmon is also farm raised in the ocean. So ity tastes like wild caught salmon. Very good. Do not waste your money on the wild caught Sockeye. The Kirkland brand Atlantic farm raised are just as good and 1/2 the price.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My friend is coming over as he is out of garlic. (crazy huh)! I may just fill a bag of mussels for him as I have way more than I can eat. I think?
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Yes, if we can get them here, you can get them there I am certain.
Call first to be sure.
Our Costco always, year round has mussels and clams. Both farm raised.
Now don't lose interest.

I do not like most anything farm raised, especially shrimp and salmon. But Costco searches the globe for the very best to put in their stores.
The clams (little necks)are raised in the FL. Keys! The mussels are raised in Canada. Both are raised suspended in the water column. They are very clean and as you can see, only a few were dead when I washed them.

Both are raised in the ocean, not in man made ponds. You need to research this. I did and was extremely impressed.
This is why they are so good and very inexpensive.
The 5Lbs of mussels cost under $15.00.

The farm raised salmon is also farm raised in the ocean. So ity tastes like wild caught salmon. Very good. Do not waste your money on the wild caught Sockeye. The Kirkland brand Atlantic farm raised are just as good and 1/2 the price.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My friend is coming over as he is out of garlic. (crazy huh)! I may just fill a bag of mussels for him as I have way more than I can eat. I think?
Ooh! Thanks for the research, RB! Costco trip planned for tomorrow! Mmmm, clams.....
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