These BBQ Mussels are my favorite type of recipe:
- All the ingredients and quantities are merely suggestions.
- This is pretty much impossible to screw up because it’s so easy.
- You’re going to look super fancy to your guests
- This is insanely delicious if you love mussels.
Just make sure you buy mussels fresh the day that you’re planning on using them. I hate buying things at the last minute but shellfish has an overly fishy taste if you wait a long time to use them. Also make sure you pick through them and throw out all the ones that don’t close when you poke them, that means they’ve been sitting there forever.
Besides that, you’re set. All you have to do is throw a bunch of flavor bombs into an aluminum pan, throw it on the grill and you’re done. SERIOUSLY.
Also the crostini on the side for dipping into the sauce is NOT OPTIONAL. I hate when restaurants give you a big bowl of mussels and like 2 pieces of grilled bread. Like are they running out of bread? I need like an entire loaf for myself to be dipping into the garlic bomb sauce. TRUST ME, you’ll be glad you have a giant loaf.
Serves 4 (or 1 if you’re me)
1.5 pounds of really high-quality mussels (scrubbed and thoroughly rinsed)
1 head of garlic (smashed and chopped finely)
1 bunch of scallions, chopped (white parts only, save the green portion for snacking)
1 large shallot, chopped finely
3 tbs of bacon fat (use half a stick of butter if this isn’t readily available)
1/4 cup of white wine (use beer or stock if this isn’t readily available)
Crusty bread, sliced diagonally (NOT OPTIONAL)
Extra virgin olive oil (to brush on the bread)
salt & pepper
Throw all the ingredients (minus the bread) together in a 13×9 aluminum foil pan. Generously salt and pepper the whole thing.
Cover this tightly with aluminum foil. BBQ for only 10 minutes over a medium spot on the grill.
Peek under the foil, once the mussels have opened up, they’re ready to remove from the heat. Keep the foil on the pan to keep them warm while you grill the bread.
Brush the bread with olive oil and grill the bread directly on the grates for about 1 minute side.
Dish up the mussels and serve alongside the grilled bread immediately while everything is piping hot.
Editor’s Note: This is also particularly DELICIOUS with clams. If anyone asks you if this was difficult to make just say YES because you deserve it.