So, shell fish might be my favorite thing in the world to eat. Just do a bit of research on how to buy, clean, store and cook before you proceed. You can take a look here, but you got the whole web avail to you. I know you can't eat shell fish all the time cause of the cholesterol and shit, but whatever - they're totally low in everything else (no fat, few cals, etc).
Anyways, make sure you use a quality British ale for this receipe (and also some DAMN good grainy British mustard)... it just makes all the difference. Save yourself a pint of ale to drink! Cheers matey!
3 lbs mussels (get some good seafood people... mussels are suuuper duper cheap!!)
1 TBS butter/marge
2 cloves garlic
Red pepper flakes (always optional)
2 TBS finely chopped white onion
3 C British ale
1/4 C mustard
4 stems thyme
Serve this with a super crunchy (aka stale) baguette to soak up all the goodness.
Over medium heat, melt the butter and add in the garlic, onion and red pepper flakes and let it cook till softened ... abt 3 minutes. Add the thyme and mustard and stir just to incorporate. Add the cleaned mussels and crank the heat to high and let sit for 30 seconds. Add the ale (it should totally steam and you should give it a stir to get all the bits from the bottom of the pan up. Cover and let cook for 4 minutes or until all the mussels are open.