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Mussels Au Gratin

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Cook Time: 20 min.
The mussel shells make a perfect little appetizer cup for containing the seafood stuffing.


  • 4 lbs mussels
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • lemon wedges for serving


  • Scrub mussels under running water; discard any that do not close. Cut off beards. In large pot, combine water, half of garlic and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Add mussels and steam on medium until they open, about 7-10 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer mussels from broth onto 2 rimmed baking sheets. Break off and discard top halves of shells and any unopened shells.
  • Heat olive oil in medium skillet. Sauté remaining garlic and onion until soft. Add parsley and lemon juice. Combine with cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over mussels. Bake at 400° F about 5 minutes or until crumbs are lightly brown. Serve warm with lemon wedges.
Recipe courtesy of the National Fisheries Institute

Nutrition Facts

Calories 356
  Calories from Fat 157 (44%)
(27%)Total Fat 17g
(18%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
(23%)Cholesterol 69mg
(34%)Sodium 825mg
(23%)Potassium 811mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
(6%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(61%)Protein 31g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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