Since I have never eaten anything like this before I posted the question "How does one eat mussels?" on Facebook. The responses varied from "As often as possible" "I don't" and " With lots of garlic and tomato broth! Oh and bread too...The crusty kind!" to "fork and fingers" and a helpful Youtube video.
The actual prep time for these was far shorter than I thought it would be. I was seriously wishing for onion goggles as I chopped the onions. That was the hardest part! I made a pound and a half instead of the 4 pounds that the recipe called for. I didn't have a bullion cube on hand so I left it out. I had almost the right amount of white wine but supplemented with less than a 1/4 of a cup water. I made sure to have some delicious crusty bread to serve with this as well.
Once everything was prepped and pictures were taken (I tried to take them fast so the mussels would still be warm) we dug in. Bobby ate one mussel and said it tasted fishy but wasn't bad. Little Man ate one and spit it out. Munchkin ate one and stopped there. I have lovely neighbors that are willing to try out these crazy dishes so I took the bowl next door. My friend Anna loved them! Her little boy came in from playing outside and said he loved them and took one out to his friend who came in and dug in as well. We tried to save some for the dad but he doesn't actually like mussels. He did, however, love the sauce and said that he just kept dipping bread in it to finish it off! We have a couple more mussels recipes so it looks like I may be sharing again in the future. :)
Make sure to check out French Fridays with Dorie and all of the other fabulous cooks who made this recipe this week!