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How to Prepare Mussels 04:56

Giuseppe Tentori

Perfect with crusty bread and rich broth, mussels make for a delicious and simple meal.

How to Prepare Mussels 04:56

Giuseppe Tentori

Perfect with crusty bread and rich broth, mussels make for a delicious and simple meal.

Easy
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The Steps

  1. 1. Add olive oil to a hot pan. Add the butter, shallots, garlic, and chili flakes. Swirl together. 01:18

  2. 2. Once the aromatics are golden in color, add the tomato sauce and mussels. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for three to four minutes. 01:57

  3. 3. While the mussels are cooking, julienne the basil. 02:43

  4. 4. Check the pan to ensure that the mussels are opening and that the tomato sauce is thickening. Add the basil. Give the mixture a light stir. 03:01

  5. 5. Transfer the mussels and sauce to a serving dish. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil to finish and serve with bread. 03:39

  6. 6. To eat, scoop the mussel meat out of the shell and use the bread to soak up the tomato sauce and juices. 04:18

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Wide pan or pot
- Spoon
- Knife
- Cutting board
- Serving dish 

Ingredients

- Olive oil 
- Butter 
- Shallots 
- Garlic 
- Chili flakes
- Tomato sauce
- Mussels
- Basil 
- Crusty bread

Chef Notes

Before cooking, make sure mussels are clean of seaweed and sand and that all mussel shells are closed. Remove the beard by pinching the seaweed-like tendrils with thumb and forefinger and pulling them out.

To check if a mussel is alive, lightly tap on the shell and it should close. If it remains open, discard.

Healthy, properly handled mussels will open after cooking. Mussels that remain closed after cooking should be thrown away.

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Chef Giuseppe Tentori

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Giuseppe Tentori is an award-winning chef known for creating perfectly executed dishes that are complex but accessible. He is... read more