Cheap Eats: Mussels

Here at The Billfold, we love cheap and easy recipes. Here’s a cheap and easy recipe for mussels by reader Ryan Menefee.

Without further ado, a cheap and easy date night recipe (or any night recipe) that you can make at home, for right around $12.

You’ll need:

• 1.5 lb. of mussels (at Whole Foods, cost $3.99/lb this past weekend in D.C.)
• 1 16 oz. tub of salsa OR 1 16. oz tub of pre-made bruschetta topping (depending on Mexican / Italian flavor preference)
• Olive oil
• Cilantro or parsley from the produce section (optional; match to your salsa / bruschetta preference)
• Tequila / red wine / whatever you’re drinking with dinner (optional)
• Day-old bread (like a french baguette) for sopping up tasty juice 

About mussels:

• You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days; put them in an empty bowl (do not add water) and cover with damp paper towels
• They should be closed before they’re cooked; open after they’re cooked—discard any that don’t follow this rule


• Preheat oven to 450
• Rinse the mussels in water, drain, and put into a baking dish (lid optional)
• Add the full tub of salsa / bruschetta
• Add splash of tequila / red wine / whatever you’re drinking (optional)
• Add as much cilantro / parsley on top as you desire (optional)
• Put in oven for ~15 minutes; mussels are done when they’re opened
• Serve with baguette


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8 Comments / Post A Comment

lobsterhug (#43)

Oh that sounds marvelous. Mussels are so good and you can never have enough bread for mopping up the sauce.

There should seriously be a Billfold meetup (Foldup?) in DC because apparently everyone except Mike & Logan lives in the area (would it be at Recessions?).

cherrispryte (#19)

@Vicky Johnson@twitter YES YES YES YES YES

elizabeast (#629)

Oooh! I’ve done mussels once before where I sort of steamed them in broth and wine and…this seems so much easier. Would it be weird to brown some sausage and throw that into the oven to?

Frank (#962)

How is $3.99/lb for a food which you have to throw half of away “cheap”? Might as well buy steak.

RocketSurgeon (#747)

If you want to be sure you get most of the grit out of your mussels, plug your sink and fill it with enough water to cover them. Let them sit there 15-20min. They’ll pull in the clean water and expel grit.

I didn’t know they were live the first time I cooked them until one closed gently on my fingertip while I was cleaning it. I screamed.

Can this series be re-titled? Everything in cheap eats has looked delicious, just not cheap.

@Jake Reinhardt wait, I lied. Just the last two. The others were most definitely cheap.

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