Baked Mussels with Pesto Breadcrumbs
Howard L. Puckett
Yield: Makes 4 to 6 appetizer servings
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed
- 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup pesto sauce
- Kosher salt
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add wine and mussels; cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Discard any unopened mussels, and reserve cooking liquid.
- Allow mussels to stand until cool enough to handle. Open mussels, and discard top shells. Detach meat, and return to bottom half.
- Combine breadcrumbs and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl; mix well.
- Pour 1/2 inch kosher salt into a large baking pan. Place mussels on top of salt in baking pan. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of reserved cooking liquid over each mussel. Top with heaping teaspoon of breadcrumb mixture.
- Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 3 minutes or until breadcrumbs are lightly browned. Serve immediately.
- Pour: Martinelli Gewürztraminer, Russian River Valley ($20). A delicious wine with subtle hints of lychees and spice brings out this dish's rich, bold flavors.
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