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Appetizer Mussels


"What timing! Although I have eaten mussels many times, October 17 was the very first time I cooked them, and (if I do say so myself!) they were great. A friend and I ate every last one, and he raved about the flavor the whole time. This is my own recipe."
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20 m servings 214 cals
Original recipe yields 3 servings (2 to 4 servings)


  • Calories:
  • 214 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 12 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.5g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 371 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. In a stock pot, combine the wine, juice cocktail, garlic and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and add mussels.
  2. Cover and continue to boil for about 4 to 6 minutes or until all the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that haven't opened.
  3. Remove mussels from liquid and keep warm. Pour off liquid to leave about 1 cup. Try not to discard the garlic. Boil the 1 cup of liquid until it's reduced to about 3/4 of a cup.
  4. Add butter and stir until butter has melted and sauce has thickened slightly. Serve mussels with sauce.

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  1. 106 Ratings

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One of my favorite all time recipes, outstanding reviews every time. I add a can of olive oil and garlic flavored diced tomatoes to make for chunkier dipping. Also I cut all the butter out as th...

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Wasn't crazy about this - thought it was a bit boring.

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One of my favorite all time recipes, outstanding reviews every time. I add a can of olive oil and garlic flavored diced tomatoes to make for chunkier dipping. Also I cut all the butter out as th...

Great flavour with the tomatoe and clam juice cocktail. I added a can of diced tomatoes to it and will add more of the tomatoe and clam juice, the hubby likes to soak up the juice with a baguet...

This recipe is absolutely amazing. The mussels were easy and quick to prepare . . .and tasted delicious. I used Clamato and added a bit more clam juice, and the mussels just sucked up all the fl...

Very tasty! I only used 0.5 cups of wine to 1 cup of Clamato, as I was running low on wine. Besides, I wanted the main flavour to be the Clamato... I also added some salt & few hearty dashes of ...

Absolutely Fabulous. The flavor, appearance and ease of preparation make this dish simply delicious. I made only minor changes: 1 cup clam/tomato juice and 1/2 cup white wine(instead of 3/4C of ...

I made this recipe without altering the directions at all and they were excellent! Make sure you have a BIG loaf of french bread on hand to sop up the juices!

This was perfect and unbelievably easy to make. I use the leftover sauce on my pasta afterwards too. My only problem is how it always boils over the top. I have to stand on top of it and as so...

This rates 5 stars on all counts. Healthy, easy, inexpensive (for seafood), quick, and delicous. The broth is wonderful. Way to good to be just the appetizer. Add a salad and crusty bread fo...

I used this recipe the first time I made mussels and it worked out wonderfully! We ate the mussels so fast as they were so yummy. The sauce is delicious, we always dip our bread into it. We've...