8.02.2009

Garlic Clams and Mussels on the Grill


Everyone has a favorite meal. It's the meal that is enjoyed so much that it is requested for birthday dinners or any special occasion. Just thinking about "The Meal" makes your stomach growl.

The Husband loves a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage. Once a year on St. Patrick's Day is never enough for him. My Oldest always orders fettuccine alfredo when we are dining out at an Italian restaurant. My Middle One dreams about chicken pot pie. No Thank You Boy devours a juicy steak and baked potato. For me, the best meal includes clams. Littlenecks are my first choice. I have posted about them here and here. I enjoy clams just about anyway they are prepared, so it was time to try something new tonight.

Garlic Clams and Mussels on the Grill was what was on tap for dinner. 2 dozen littlenecks were joined by 2 dozen mussels for a smokey barbecue. The grill does all the cooking and all I did was drizzle some garlic butter and sprinkle chopped tomatoes and basil over the shellfish when they were done cooking.

No Thank You Boy's friend was dining with us and favored the mussels. A look of disbelief came over his face when he found out the shellfish was alive when it was put on the grill to cook. It did not deter him from eating them though. No Thank You Boy favors lobsters and opted out of eating the clams and mussels. Instead he ate the rest of the dinner including angel hair pasta with fresh marinara, grilled vegetables, charred kielbasa, and Pillsbury biscuits. The Husband was running out the door to a meeting so he pretty much dined and dashed. He had two plates of shellfish and kielbasa leading me to believe that all was right with the meal. I especially liked the smokiness that the grill added to the clams and mussels. And the cleanup only involves rinsing out the disposable aluminum pan and tossing it in the recycling can.

If you could have your favorite meal tonight, what would it be?



Garlic Clams and Mussels on the Grill

4 tablespoons butter
3 large garlic gloves, chopped
2 dozen clams, scrubbed clean, I like using littlenecks
2 dozen mussels, scrubbed clean
1/2 cup fresh tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

Heat a grill to high heat.

Place the butter and garlic in a small saucepan over low heat. Melt the butter and infuse it with garlic. Turn the heat off and leave the saucepan on the burner.

When the grill is ready, place a disposable aluminum pan (9 x 13 inch) directly on the grill grate. Add the clams and cover the grill with the lid. Cook for about 15 minutes; the clams will just beginning to open. Add the mussels to the pan along with the clams and replace the lid. Grill for another 5 - 10 minutes or until all of the clams and mussels have opened. Drizzle the garlic infused butter over the shellfish and sprinkle with the tomatoes and basil. Serve immediately.


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6 comments:

Lisa said...

Yum! Any type of seafood is my favorite meal.

Denise said...

You have just made my favorite meal. I rarely cook shellfish because my husband is allergic, but when we go out all bets off. Mussels has to be one of my top 5 all time favorite things. I love this meal. Love it.

Bellini Valli said...

Excellent choices. I think my favourite meal right now would be roasted chicken, with garlic smashed potatoes, and roasted balsamic veggies...plus throw in a cob or two of corn and an heirloom tomato salad with basil vinaigrette and I am in heaven.

EAT! said...

Lisa - I could eat seafood anytime!

Denise - thanks!

Bellini Valli - I just watched a cooking show with the host making roasted chicken and mashed potatoes - it did look awfully good!!

Robin Sue said...

I love clams and mussels and have never thought to do them on the grill. Will have to do this tomorrow night for my company. Also going to try recipegirls blueberry baked brie. Also a grilled hodge podge of treats. Hey have a great weekend. I bet you are up to your eyeballs in those good Jersey tomatoes and corn!

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