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Old 01-05-2009, 09:02 PM   #11
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I would like a good pasta with that, along with spinach salad and garlic bread.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:04 PM   #12
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I would like a good pasta with that, along with spinach salad and garlic bread.
That's perfect, Constance!
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:30 AM   #13
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It's not too late. I'm making the meal on Friday.

I think I'm going to go the route of a mixed green salad, sweet potato fries and toasted crusty bread. What would you guys put in the mixed salad?
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:33 AM   #14
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I was also going to say French Fries - very common with mussels in France
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:53 AM   #15
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It's not too late. I'm making the meal on Friday.

I think I'm going to go the route of a mixed green salad, sweet potato fries and toasted crusty bread. What would you guys put in the mixed salad?
I would do a simple little salad of lets say either butter lettuce or arugala, with just some home made butter garlic crutons and shavings of parmesan cheese,salt and pepper..easy, not over powering in taste just a nice compliment to your mussels. I'd dress with just lemon and evoo
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:34 AM   #16
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I would simply make it easy on yourself & just make a simple salad of mixed greens - whatever strikes your fancy at the market. No need to get fancy-schmancy - heck even a couple of bags of assorted salad greens are perfectly acceptable. Add whatever additions/garnishes you like, but keep it very simple to complement the simple elegance of the mussels. I'd go with a very basic vinegarette dressing, & perhaps some grated parmesan grated on top, but that would be it for me.

As far as your potato choice, personally I really can't see sweet potato fries & mussels. Sweet potatoes & seafood have never seemed to have any affinity for me whatsoever. If I were you, I'd go with plain old shoestring potatoes. No need to make them from scratch - just buy a frozen name-brand & be sure to bake them until they're nice & crispy.

But again - just my personal opinion.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:01 PM   #17
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It depends on how full you want to be. If you are looking for the lite (not necessarily fat free) option, go with bread and salad. If you want a filler, go with the pasta with some sort of cream or cheese sauce. I don't mean Mac & Cheese. I have a recipe from a restaurant from many, many years ago. It is simple, but very good, and filling.

1 8oz Velveeta (yes Velveeta, not cheddar. Fast and creamy).
1 4oz Sour Cream
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
˝ Tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 Tbls Butter
1 Sm Onion, finely chopped
1 Tsp Minced Fresh Garlic
1 lbs Linguine

Start water for pasta.

Melt Butter on Med High, Sauté Onions until clear, add garlic and Italian Seasoning. Cook approximately 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium, and add Velveeta. When melted, add Black Pepper and Sour Cream and reduce heat to low. Stir until mixed. Pour over pasta and serve immediately. I also use this for Stuffed Baked Potatoes, but add ˝ cup bacon bits.

I have used this with clams, shrimp and oysters, and it is all good. Simple, but filling.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:18 PM   #18
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I would serve a good crusty bread, a simple salad. I think those packaged salad greens are one of the 7 wonders of the cooking world. Maybe some good cheese. Normally a Muscadet wine with shellfish, but the wine should be compatible with the sauce. It is the preparation, not the ingredients that determine the wine. This is one of my favorite light meals. My Costco sells mussells in 3 pound bags over the weekend. For me, this is a serving for 2, any left over go into next days seafood pasta.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:52 PM   #19
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Great minds think alike BigJim!!!
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:12 PM   #20
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What kind of white wine would you guys use, and how do I make the dipping bread?
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