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Grilled Mussels And Clams With Garlic And Herb Beurre Blanc


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  • 1 garlic head, cloves separated, and peeled
  • 6 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 3 pounds clams, preferably cherrystone
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh herbs (such as parsley, chives, basil)


Servings 4


Step 1

Fire up the grill to medium-high heat.

Mince the garlic using a mini-food processor. It should take a few seconds. Do not wash the processor; you'll need to purée the garlic later.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until the garlic is a pale golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to low if the garlic starts to crisp or browns too quickly.

While the garlic cooks, pour the wine and vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and allow to boil until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Add the cream and again bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

As the sauce reduces, rinse the mussels and clams in a colander under cold running water. Give them a quick scrub with a kitchen brush and rinse well. Grill them just until they open, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Finish the sauce by whisking in the remaining butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the sauce is smooth and creamy.

Spoon the cooked garlic back into the processor and purée. Stir it into the sauce and season with salt and pepper, and add the herbs. Keep the sauce warm, but do not let it boil, until the mussels and clams are done. Spoon a little of the sauce onto each clam or mussel and serve immediately.

This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

Each of 6 servings: 286 calories; 365 mg sodium; 91 mg cholesterol; 16 grams fat; 9 grams saturated fat; 7 grams carbohydrates; 22 grams protein; 0.09 gram fiber.

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