Mussels au Gratin
- Servings : 4
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 25m
- Ready In : 35m
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- 2¼ pounds (1 kg) fresh mussels
- 1 cup finely chopped parsley
- 8 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 1/2 red chili.deseeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 garlic clove,peeled and chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F (197°C).
Scrub the mussels,using small metal brush and wash under cold running water. Put washed mussels into a large pan and cover with water. Cover with a lid and boil over high heat. Cook until the mussels open.
Drain,reserving 1 cup of cooking water. Remove the empty halves of the shells and place the halves containing the mussels on a baking tray.
Preheat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Add bread crumbs and fry,stirring,until golden brown.
In mixing bowl,combine chopped parsley,chili,bread crumbs,Parmesan cheese,garlic,the remaining 5 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of reserving mussel water. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place a little of cheese mixture on top of each mussel and press down slightly. Put the baking tray into preheated oven and bake for 2-3 minutes,until the gratin topping is nicely browned.