When you've savored a batch of freshly harvested mussels, you've experienced the salty taste of the sea overlaid with a touch of sweetness. Mussels'
delicate flavor is best appreciated when they are prepared simply. Steamed mussels are the most popular choice and mussels au gratin
is one of our favorites, but mussels are also an excellent ingredient in seafood pastas and cold shellfish salads. Surprisingly, although mussels have a sweet delicate taste, they hold their own when juxtaposed with strong seasonings.
The fact that mussels are flavorful and cook in minutes is a boon to any cook. But mussels are exceptionally healthful. They have one-third more protein than oysters, contain the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids found in shellfish, and because their diet is phytoplanktons, rather than other fish, they are low in cholesterol and saturated fats.
From the "Legal Sea Foods Cookbook" by Roger Berkowitz and Jane Doerfer, illustrated by Edward Koren