4 dozen mussels, washed well and debearded
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
3/4 cup white wine
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 Tablespoons garlic, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons pepper flakes
1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
4 large slices bread, about 2 inches thick
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Build a hot fire on one side of your grill.
In a shallow baking pan large enough to hold all the mussels
in a single layer and sturdy enough to withstand the heat of
a low fire, put the butter, wine, lemon juice, garlic, pepper
flakes and parsley and place it on the grill over the side that
has no fire. As the butter melts, swirl the mixture around a
few times to combine the ingredients.
Place the mussels on high-heat side of the grill and cook until
they open, 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the heat of the fire.
As the mussels open, place them in the pan with the wine-butter
At the same time, place the bread around the edge of the fire
and toast lightly, about 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle the mussels
with salt and pepper to taste and serve in shallow bowls, accompanied
by the toast and some of the wine-butter mixture.