Mussels au gratin Quick and easy recipe

Mussels Gratin Baked (or au gratin): they are a tasty seafood appetizer, below is the recipe to prepare delicious mussels au gratin with a crunchy breading that enhances the flavor and aroma even more, an alternative way to consume mussels ... I love them very much even if you have to pay attention to cleaning which must be very thorough !!

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Ingredients for 4 people

  • 16 mussels
  • 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of grated pecorino romano


How to make au gratin mussels

Wash the mussels well, clean them with a steel net and wash them again under running water. Throw away the broken mussels, it means they are dead. Remove the byssus (the beard that comes out of the shell). To see how mussels are cleaned click here:

Gratin mussels
Gratin mussels

Put the mussels in a large pan and cover with a lid of the same width as the pan, the heat produced inside the pan will make the mussels hatch, after 2-3 minutes of cooking all the mussels will open, those that will remain closed must throw them away. Keep the cooking water of the mussels and filter it through a thin mesh strainer. Now remove the empty part of the mussels and leave only the half that contains the fruit.

Gratin mussels
Gratin mussels

Prepare the breading, in a small bowl put 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of grated pecorino romano, half a clove of garlic (or even 1 whole) grated or very finely chopped, 1 generous sprig of parsley,

add to the breading a little of the cooking water of the mussels (filtered in a narrow mesh strainer), mix everything, the consistency must resemble wet sand.

Gratin mussels
Gratin mussels

with a teaspoon fill this half with the breadcrumbs and arrange the mussels in a baking dish. Add a few drops of oil to the surface for each stuffed mussel. Do not pour the oil flush, it could be excessive. Bake in the oven at 180 ° for 6-7 minutes, until the breading is golden. Serve still warm or warm

And your mussels au gratin are ready! Enjoy your meal!

Wine pairing: Greco di Tufo Docg; Costa d'Amalfi Tramonti Rosso Doc

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Gratin mussels

Enjoy your meal!


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