Although this meal would be suitable for any evening that you wish, it is certainly a fine option for New Year. It is a super easy meal to prepare and so many people avoid because of the perceived difficulty. Cooking mussels is easier than boiling potatoes correctly.
Mussels are on sale this week at one of the large chains – though their prices are in kilograms, it amounts to $2.00 per pound. Their normal price is $2.50 per pound. It was common to see them at 99 cents per pound only a few years back.
The only two things you have to keep in mind for cooking this shellfish is that you only want to cook live ones and that you don’t eat the beards (a small grass-like piece which allows a mussel to attach to rocks and other anchors in the ocean).
Looking for live mussels is easy – you want to ensure the shells are closed. If a shell is open, knock it on the counter a few times (not hard) – it should close over the next few minutes. If it remains open, discard it.
Removing beards is also easy – simply pull them from the shell before or after cooking. [Read more...]