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Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels. Make a terrific, easy first course for a celebration dinner, especially a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day.

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, when I think of special dinners to cook for your sweetheart, I always seem to default to seafood recipes. That goes for the appetizer course too, like in this incredibly tasty baked mussels recipe.

I guess that will tell you that a seafood dinner is definitely my kind of celebration meal; well okay….go ahead and throw in a grilled fillet steak if you like for a pretty incredible version of surf and turf and I’ll be doubly happy.

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

I often have leftover marinara sauce or other simple tomato sauce in my freezer to use in quick recipes like this but if you don’t, any good quality jarred simple tomato sauce will do. A garlic and herb sauce is probably a very good choice.

Fresh mussels

Fresh mussels

These delectable mussels would make an impressive starter course for your next dinner party too. Prepare them in advance, refrigerate and then pop them into the oven for 15 minutes before dinner is served. You can try this easy recipe with large clams or small oysters too.

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Love this sort of recipe? Be sure to try our terrific recipe for Chicken Fried Cod Nuggets. Great for dinner or as party finger food.

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Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels
Yield: 4

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels - make a terrific, easy first course for a celebration dinner, especially a romantic dinner for two on Valentine's Day.

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen large mussels
  • 1 cup marinara Sauce
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups crusty bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • pinch coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Instructions

  1. Wash the mussels and pull off any beards that may still be attached to the shell. A pair of needle-nose pliers works well for this. Discard any mussels with cracked or broken shells and those that do not remain closed after a minute when you pinch them together. Also discard any mussels that do not open during the cooking time.
  2. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large covered pot. Add the mussels, cover the pot and let them steam for only 3 minutes to open the shells.
  3. Remove the top shell and loosen the mussels from the half of the shells that they are attached to before laying them in a baking dish.
  4. Spoon about a teaspoonful of marinara sauce over each mussel in their shells.
  5. Over medium heat melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the the garlic. Cook for just a minute to soften it.
  6. Add the bread crumbs, chopped thyme and black pepper. Stir to combine well, then toss in the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Spoon the crumbs evenly over the marinara sauce covered mussels. Press the crumbs down gently and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 804Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 191mgSodium 1795mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 70g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

 

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Liz Stevens-Pye

Friday 8th of February 2019

What do you mean by 'crusty' breadcrumbs?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Crusty artisan type bread. Not Wonderbread.

carol

Saturday 29th of December 2018

have done this with mussells and oysters and placed them on a sheet on a grate of open fire at the campground and everyone just loved this type of recipe especially my family from away.

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