I like mussels prepared simply, they're such a perfect finger food, briny and juicy, and so fun to share with friends! but i've never prepared them. however my friend and i decided to cook a simple dinner at home before going out, and eschewing or normal ridiculously expensive pre-clubbing dinner at trendy restaurant for some mussels, crusty bread, a simple salad and some wine. it'll be a lot cheaper.
before i start, i wanted to check to see if the hounds had any tips for buying and cleaning mussels. the recipe i have is very simple and from bouchon.
what should i look for/avoid when i buy my mussels?
what's the best way to clean them? (i really don't want to have grainy morsels)
do you find that asian markets have acceptable quality when it comes to mussels or shall i fork over more dough for the fancy fish marketS?
i have a recipe from bouchon that i'm using, but if anyone has other recipe suggestions feel free to post!