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Mussels with Garlic Butter

3 lb Fresh mussels, scrubbed debearded
10 tb (1 1/4 sticks) butter
3/4 c Finely chopped shallots
6 lg Garlic cloves, minced
4 tb Chopped fresh parsley
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
1 ts Grated lemon peel


Place mussels in heavy large Dutch oven, cover and cook over high heat until mussels open, shaking pan occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain mussels, reserving liquid. Transfer mussels to bowl; discard any that do not open. Tent bowl with foil.


Melt butter in same Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons parsley, lemon juice, lemon peel and reserved liquid from mussels and bring to boil. Season to taste with pepper. Drizzle garlic butter over mussels. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon parsley.


Garlic is a perfect partner for the shellfish in this easy starter. Pass a basket of soda bread to mop all the juices.


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