Hey, Foodies! Happy Friday!
I love seafood, and New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels are no exception – the only thing is that they’re quite big, and they usually come frozen, so:
1) They need to have good flavor so you don’t wind up with an entire mouth full of ick (and let’s face it, fishy ick is the worst kind).
2) You can’t just cook them any old way you’d cook a fresh mussel.
Luckily, stuffing and baking is a flavorful option that checks both the above items off the list! This recipe works great as either an appetizer or an entrée.
(This night I was going for a healthy, light meal so I left the bacon out, but I’m first to admit that everything’s better with bacon!)
Takes: 10 minutes prep, 15-20 minutes cooking time
2 lbs. (about 2 dozen) New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels (usually sold frozen and on the half shell)
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 large shallot
3 – 5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
(and if you wanted to add some bacon . . . bacon)
Place mussels in the refrigerator overnight to defrost. (Pro tip – make sure they’re in a bag in case they leak AND check to make sure they’re fully defrosted before you begin cooking.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove stems from spinach and chop. Cut shallots and peel garlic. In a small pan melt 2 tablespoons butter. (If you’re using bacon, you can substitute a little bacon fat for one of the tablespoons of butter). Add shallots. Sautee until translucent, add pressed garlic, stir until fragrant, and remove from heat.
Add chopped spinach and stir until cooked but not wilted. Add 1/4 cup of cheese (and bacon if your using it) and mix.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay your mussels out. (Give each one a press to remove any excess liquid.)
Place about 1/2 spoonful of your cooked mixture onto each mussel. You don’t want to overstuff them because when you go to eat them, the toppings will fall off instead of sticking to the mussel.
Using the rest of the cheese, add a pinch to the top of each mussel.
Place in oven and bake 15-20 minutes (depending on size) until the mussels are cooked thoroughly and the cheese on top is melted.
It’s that easy!
If you try it, please let me know if you like it!
Check back next Friday for another foodie flavor!