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    Grilled mussels with garlic butter

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes

    Serves: 6 as a starter

    Ingredients

    100ml dry cider or dry white wine
    48 large mussels, cleaned and debearded (about 1kg)
    large handful flat leaf parsley (about 50g)
    2-3 garlic cloves
    2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
    30g unsalted butter, softened
    20g panko breadcrumbs
    25g emmental cheese, finely grated
    lemon wedges, to serve

    Method

    1. Bring the cider or wine to the boil in a large pan. Add the mussels, discarding any that are open. Put a lid on the pan and steam the mussels open for 3-4 minutes. Drain them in a sieve over a bowl (discarding any that are still closed) and reserve the juice. Tip the juice back into the pan and reduce it over a high heat to about 2 tbsp.

    2. Separate the shells, discarding the empty halves, and arrange the mussels in their half shells on a baking tray.

    3. Chop the parsley with the garlic fairly finely and put in a bowl. Add the cider or wine reduction, the olive oil and butter, then mix to make a paste. Season.

    4. Preheat the grill to its hottest setting. Spoon the paste over the mussels, then mix the breadcrumbs with the grated emmental and sprinkle on top. Drizzle with more oil. Place the mussels under the hot grill and cook until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, December 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue

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