Mussels with Garlic and Breadcrumbs
Easy-to-eat party dish which is an excellent first course to a meal.
Heat the oven to broil and arrange a rack in the top position.
Place the mussels and water in a large straight-sided frying pan over low heat and cover with a tightfitting lid. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels open, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, uncover, and set aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Pull apart the mussel shells and discard the meatless side of each, along with any beards (the beard is the thread that runs along the side of the shell; remove it by pulling it toward the hinge of the shell). With your fingers or a teaspoon, carefully detach the meat from each shell, place it back in the shell, and place the mussels on a rimmed baking sheet; set aside.
Rinse out and dry the frying pan. Place it over medium-low heat, add the butter, and heat until melted. Add the breadcrumbs, parsley, and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
Using a spoon, evenly divide the breadcrumb mixture over the mussels. Broil until golden brown and crunchy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.