New Zealand Mussels Served 5 Ways – Around the Kitchen Table

When I have friends come over to watch a big game or just to socialize, I always try to find something fun to serve them.  With the big game this weekend I think I came up with just the right dish, New Zealand Mussels Served 5 Ways!

Pesto, Garlic, Italiano, Buffalo, Diablo

My guests will be enjoying Buffalo Mussels, Garlic Mussels, Pesto Mussels, Mussels Italiano, and Mussels Diablo!  Of course there are lots of other toppings to choose from , be creative and come up with your favorite toppings!

Pesto, Garlic, Buffalo, Italiano, Diablo

And if you don’t like mussels, these toppings will work well with Oysters or Clams!

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New Zealand Mussels Served 5 Ways
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • New Zealand Mussels on the half shell
  • marinara sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • your favorite buffalo sauce
  • bleu cheese crumbles
  • homemade or store bought pesto sauce
  • melted butter
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped parsely (optional to add color)
  • olive oil
  • grated romano cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  1. thaw out New Zealand Mussels and place on cookie sheet or baking dish
  1. spoon marinara sauce on each mussel
  2. top with shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. top each mussel with buffalo sauce
  2. add bleu cheese crumbles on top of sauce
  1. spoon pesto on to mussel (pesto may be cut with olive oil if its too strong)
  1. Sautee chopped garlic lightly in melted butter (add parlsey if using when done cooking)
  2. place in refrigerator and allow to firm up
  3. place mound of garlic butter on top of each mussel pressing in with your hand
  1. drizzle olive oil on top of mussel
  2. sprinkle with grated romano cheese and red pepper flakes
  3. Bake mussels in 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is fully melted
  4. Serve immediately

The video also shows how to make Roasted Red Pepper Hummus,  Drunken Chicken Wings and Roasted Chic Peas.







  1. Frank Mosher says:

    Great idea for serving mussels!! Have done some of these ideas with oysters, but not all, and it’s a shame that mussels are so underutilized, here in North America. Thanks

  2. They look super good Dennis.

  3. I love this idea, Dennis! Such a creative appetizer idea. Putting this on my weekend menu! Thanks for sharing.

  4. WOW Chef, this is amazing!! I honestly am not a big fan of mussels, but I think I could definitely give these a try!

    They look awesome!

  5. Beautiful! I love Mussels, and must try these very soon.
    Love your page Chef.

  6. My daughter is gonna Love this! Thank you for sharing!

  7. The pesto mussels look fabulous but if I have time enough, I’ll cook each version of these stuffed mussels, your dish is so yummy!

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