From mashed potatoes to cranberry sauce to roasted root vegetables, these Thanksgiving side dishes are crowd-pleasers that we know all too well. But this broiled mussels recipe will make a welcome appearance at your Thanksgiving dinner table – unlike your cousin’s political opinions.

The savory and briny flavor of fresh mussels is enhanced by buttery broiled bread crumbs (well, what isn’t?). And if you’re worried about oven space, don’t despair. You can prepare the bread crumb mixture in advance, then cook the mussels and broil while the turkey is resting. They only take minutes under the broiler.

We recommend a chilled Chardonnay or Fume Blanc to accompany these Broiled Oysters. Dry and crisp, these wines are full-bodied enough to hold up to the mussels’ salinity.


  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 2 pounds blue mussels, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 3 cups course bread crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring the wine to a boil in a large pot. Add the mussels, and cover and cook over high heat until the mussels open (approximately 4-5 minutes).
  2. Discard any mussels that do not open, and transfer opened mussels to a plate.
  3. When cool enough to handle, loosen the meat slightly from one half of the shell and discard the empty half. Remove the beard - the little fibrous tuft that looks like seaweed - from the straight side of each mussel. Pour the wine from the pot over the mussels and set aside.
  4. Combine the oil and the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and cook until tender.
  5. Place the bread crumbs in a large bowl, then pour the melted butter mixture over the bread crumbs and Add in the grated lemon zest, red pepper flakes, chopped parsley, and salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  6. Top each mussel with the bread crumb mixture, then broil in a preheated broiler for 2-3 minutes.


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