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Clams and steamed mussels shouldn’t just be reserved for a restaurant meal. Try making this elegant yet easy mussels recipe with pesto toasts for a date night or adventurous family dinner at home.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
soak:
45 mins
cook:
11 mins
Servings:
12
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Garlicky Steamed Mussels and Littleneck Clams with Pesto Toasts

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • To clean live mussels and clams, scrub under cold running water. Remove beards from mussels. In an 8-quart Dutch oven combine 4 quarts cold water and 1/3 cup salt; add mussels and clams. Soak for 15 minutes; drain and rinse. Discard water. Repeat soaking, draining, and rinsing twice.

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  • In a small bowl combine butter, parsley, tarragon, the minced garlic, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Use a fork or the back of a spoon to work herbs into butter. Set aside.

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  • In a heavy-bottom 8- to 10-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid heat oil over medium-high heat. Add fennel, onion, and the sliced garlic; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in wine; bring to boiling. Immediately add mussels and clams. Cover tightly and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes.

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  • Lift lid and, working quickly to retain as much heat in the pot as possible, stir in the herbed butter, tomato, and lemon juice. Cook, covered, over high heat for 4 to 6 minutes more or just until shells open.

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  • Using a large slotted spoon, scoop shellfish into a serving bowl. Discard any mussels or clams that do not open. Pour the cooking liquid over shellfish. Serve immediately with Pesto Toasts for sopping up the liquid.

Nutrition Facts (Garlicky Steamed Mussels and Littleneck Clams with Pesto Toasts)

417 calories; total fat 20g; saturated fat 5g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 6g; cholesterol 59mg; sodium 1125mg; potassium 477mg; carbohydrates 26g; fiber 2g; sugar 2g; protein 25g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 1020IU; vitamin c 14mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 3mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 105mcg; vitamin b12 18mcg; calcium 131mg; iron 6mg.

Pesto Toasts

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush bread slices lightly with olive oil. Place bread slices on a large baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until slices are golden and crisp. Remove from oven and spread with pesto. Serve immediately.

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