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Baked Mussels

I am craving for mussels. The truth is I have not had mussels in a long time. So this is one recipe I am hoping to do, once I get hold of some fresh mussels. Most mussels available in markets are either blue mussels or the New Zealand green-lipped variety.

When buying mussels, you should only get the live ones and you should ask the vendors where they were sourced. You should do this because the quality of shellfish is dependent on the water where it was grown.

Bacteria and red algae blooms in an area would make the shellfishes there unsafe for consumption. You just need to be updated with such occurrences, as shellfish is too delicious and good for you to avoid altogether. It provides Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and protein without saturated fats.

  • 60 pcs fresh mussels
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup mozarella or ‘quickmelt’ cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Remove the ‘beard’ from the mussels by tugging it off or cutting with a knife. Place the mussels in a pot and let a slow stream of cold water run through them for about 45 minutes.
  2. Steam mussels until shells open. Discard mussels that do not open. Remove the top shell that covers the meat. Arrange the open faced mussels on a baking tray.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter and saute garlic. Add flour and mix well. Stir in chicken stock and milk and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat when mixture thickens slightly.
  4. Spoon white sauce onto mussels. Top with the cheese.
  5. Bake at 350F until cheese melts. Garnish with chopped parsley.

The mussels and cheese in this recipe makes this dish rich in vitamin B. One of the many vitamin groups, vitamin B is a vital one, because of being composed of various related vitamins to perform body functions efficiently. It is a compound vitamin including cobalt which is a trace element and choline that can be easily obtained from egg yolk and animal liver. Sometimes, vitamin B supplements are used in combination with calcium supplements to ensure the adequate intake of both nutrient elements.

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