Mussels in a Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

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The Best Mussels

This Mussels recipe is one of my all time favorites. It’s a European style recipe that incorporates the presence of Italian, french and Spanish cooking. This is also how the Olive Garden serves their Mussels. So if you’ve ever seen or ordered them there, this is more or less what you’re getting from this recipe.  The Mussels are covered and steamed with a small amount of boiling water, then drowned in a fresh Lemon Garlic Butter Broth that’s prepared in under a few minutes on the stove top.  Not only is this marinade amazing over the top of these Mussels, it is fantastic for dipping bread. My wife and I made our entire lunch out of 2 lbs of Mussels and a Crunch Roll loaf of bread when I prepared this recipe.

How do Mussels taste?

As I just described, Mussels truly are amazing.  They’re slightly on the milder side of Oysters but are very similar in texture.  They tend to be a bit chewy if they’re over cooked or bought frozen.  As always, it’s best to buy fresh.  I’ve had both wild and farm raised Mussels and the only difference I’ve noticed is that farm raised shell fish tend to be cleaner.  Nothing worse than biting into a gritting Oyster, Mussel or Clam for that matter.  So don’t shy away from farm raised Mussels unless you’re paranoid.  This recipe will really help bring out the natural flavors in this seafood.  It’s very easy to prepare and it can literally be done in just a matter of minutes.

If you’re interested, you really should check out my Oysters Rockefeller recipe and my Steamed Little neck Clams.  Also, be sure to check out my Tender Calamari Recipe down below and My Stuffed Clams.

Mussels Ingredients:

2 lbs Mussels
1/2 Green Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
1/2 stick Butter
1/4 cup Sherry Wine
1/4 cup Broth, vegetable or Chicken
1/2 Lemon, squeezed
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper/Chili flakes

Be sure to watch the Mussels Video tutorial to learn exactly how to prepare these ingredients.

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Berry Syrup – Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry

Youtube Berry Syrup3

I promised to show you how to make Berry Syrup on my Oreo Waffles video and here it is. It goes great on Pancakes and French Toast as well and It doesn’t get any easier than this. You can also add a pinch of Cinnamon if you’d like and either Vanilla or Maple to authenticate the syrup but it isn’t necessary. This recipe can be as thick or as thin as you want to make it by adjusting the cornstarch.  Also, you can make this a singular recipe by using one fruit only to make your syrup if you prefer just Raspberry or Blueberry syrup only.  And, if you prefer, you can puree this in a blender when it’s done if you don’t want it to be chunky like mine.

Be sure to check out that Oreo Waffle in the link below and the Cherry Topping if you’d like another alternative to the Berry Syrup!

CLICK HERE for Oreo Waffles
CLICK HERE for Cherry Topping

Berry Syrup Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Berries (Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry)
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Cornstarch, mixed with water to avoid lumps
1/2 tsp vanilla or Maple (optional)
1 pinch cinnamon (optional)

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Turkey Burger Sliders

The Best Turkey Burger is a Slider

A Turkey Burger is way better than most people realize.  I, for one, have been shockingly surprised.  I’m telling you, this literally competes with the best beef burgers. In fact the only thing that would make this recipe any better is bacon! But, I think you’ll love the fresh veggie addition I use as an alternative to more meat and cheese because the patty is already thick enough.  Besides who doesn’t love avocado?

Turkey Burger Sliders

One of the things I love about Turkey Burger Sliders is the health benefits.  Turkey, as everyone knows, is much leaner.  The problem is, because sliders are smaller, I tend to eat more of them.  So I’m not really sure if I really benefiting from the lean meat because I tend to over eat, if I’m not careful.  These burgers are so delicious, it’s hard to not eat more than two or three at time.  But, if one is conscientious and can control their appetite, this can make a perfectly balanced meal.

Also, be sure to check out my Crispy Onion Rings and my Sweet Potato Fries with sauces in the links below.

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CLICK HERE for Sweet Potato Fries

Turkey Burger Slider Ingredients:

4 lbs Ground Turkey (makes 10 to 12 sliders)
Bag of Slider Buns or Dinner Rolls
Green Leaf Lettuce
2 Tomatoes
1 Red Onion
1 Cucumber
1 Avocado
1/2 stick Butter
1 tsp Mayonnaise, per bun
1 tsp Cream Cheese, per bun
Salt and Pepper

ketchup and Mustard, optional

Follow the instructions for this Turkey Burger Sliders recipe in the video tutorial.