Even cooks who serve fish as part of their regular dinner rotation sometimes forget how quick, easy, and satisfying shellfish can be. Mussels, especially, are best prepared simply with a fragrant broth, aromatics, and a loaf of fresh, crusty bread for sopping up the broth. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
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Clean mussels just before cooking by scrubbing them well under cold water. Don’t soak mussels. Pull off and discard any fibrous “beards” attached to any of the mussels. While scrubbing, try sliding the shells apart. If the mussel is dead or full of mud it will slide open and should be discarded. Also discard mussels with gaping shells that don’t close as they warm up or when squeezed or poked.
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