I ate dinner at home with my parents recently and as usual, my mom had an assortment of dishes on the table. One of the dishes she prepared was baked mussels. My mother has never cooked mussels the traditional way with a marinara sauce or a white wine broth. Instead, she makes them a bit differently from the norm.
As you can see in the picture above, she makes it with cheese. It’s a simple recipe containing minimal ingredients: shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, freshly ground pepper and olive oil. That’s it. Once you wash the mussels, you put them into a bowl, toss all the ingredients together and then place them onto a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil. After, you place them into an oven at 350º and bake until it’s cooked (the time depends on the amount of mussels you’re cooking and your stove, but a small batch took about 15 minutes).
***Tip: mussels tend to shrink in size when cooked, so you can base your cooking time on that as well.
So is it a good recipe? I remember watching an episode of Kitchen Nightmares or some sort of Gordon Ramsay show where he screamed at a poor staff member for mixing seafood with cheese. He said you should never mix the two, but why is it wrong to mix cheese with seafood? Yes, it’s not kosher but I’m sure it tastes good on some things. Take lox and cream cheese or filet-o-fish (which has cheese) – both taste good despite being a seafood and cheese mix.
I personally like this recipe, especially when my mom adds extra cheese (this time it had too much pepper), but I guess it’s up for debate whether the two work together or not. Give it a try and let me know what you think!