Easy Stuffed Mussels that are Dressed to Impress
Stuffed mussels are so easy to make and deliciously satisfying thanks to the cheesy, breadcrumb filling. Try our easy recipe now.
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Looking for a light and tasty appetizer with a sophisticated flair? These stuffed mussels are a delicious option and super easy to prepare. Stuffed with a buttery, garlicky, cheesy filling and crispy breadcrumbs, they're an impressive hors d'oeuvre you'll want to make for any occasion.
Serves 8 as an appetizer
- 4 lbs (2kg) mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
- 2 cups (500 ml) white wine
- 2 cups (500 ml) cold water
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 cup (250 ml) milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup (55g) parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup (50g) breadcrumbs
Before cooking, make sure all the mussels are closed. If some are open, give them a squeeze, and discard any that don't remain closed. Also discard any mussels with broken shells.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) and place the oven rack in the top position.
- Add the white wine, water, parsley and bay leaf to a large pot or saucepan over medium heat. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Add the mussels and cover. Let cook until they open, about 3 to 5 minutes. You can gently shake the pan a few times to make sure all the mussels get steamed.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked mussels to a large dish. Discard any shells that have not opened. Let sit for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.
- Open each mussel and gently remove the meat, either using another whole shell like a tweezer or a small fork. Place the cooked mussels in a bowl and set aside. Reserve half of the shells.
- To make the sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and then slowly pour in the milk while stirring constantly.
- Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the egg yolk and parmesan cheese until well combined.
- Arrange the reserved shells on a baking sheet, and fill each with one mussel. Drizzle each shell with the cheese sauce. Then finish by topping each shell with breadcrumbs.
- Bake the mussels for 10 min. until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately.
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- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
- In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.
- Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat.
- Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet.
- Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles.
- Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle.
- Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
- Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.