You are going to love these simple baked mussels paired with fresh herbs, garlic and breadcrumbs. These mussels make ideal appetizer for your friend and family. Herbs give these mussels super taste. These baked mussels are so quick to prepare once you have them ready, but be sure to prepare them properly, as they are sensitive ingredients if not handled properly. Clean them well and discard any "dead mussels" which are not good for eating.
Once you buy the mussels, you can keep them on ice in the fridge for a day or two. It's the best to buy them on the same day you are planning to cook them.
First you need to remove the "beard" - a tiny piece that sticks out of the side of each mussel - it's how they attach to rocks. Just pull this off with a knife or fingers. Once you have removed the beards, rinse all the mussels with cold water, then scrub them gently to remove anything from them and rinse once again. Discard any mussels that are open - they are dead. Now, they are ready to cook!
Once you have prepared mussels as explained above making this simple appetizer is so easy.
For opening mussels you will need a saucepan and some water, as the steam is what makes them open. Place them with water in a saucepan and heat on a medium heat. As soon as the water star to simmer, reduce the heat to low - the mussels will start to open. Once they are open, take them with slotted spoon to one bowl. Discard the empty shell of the mussels and lay them on a baking dish.
Filling for the mussels is aromatic and it you will need: BREADCRUMBS (white or panko), GARLIC, FRESH PARSLEY, FRESH BASIL, DRIED OREGANO, OLIVE OIL and GROUND PEPPER. Place breadcrumbs in one bowl then add all herbs and stir to combine. Add olive oil and stir so it's evenly distributed, season with some pepper.