Mussels au Gratin - Appetizer

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total cooking time: 12-15 minutes
Serves 2

12 PEI mussels
1 egg white
1 tsp water
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp parsley, chopped
1 tbsp melted butter
1 slice bacon, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

Beat the egg white with water
In separate bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and parsley
Cover and steam mussels in a small amount of water (1 cm in pot) until open (about 5-8 minutes)
Remove mussels meats from shells, saving half the shells
Dip mussels in egg, then in breadcrumbs
Place mussel back in the half shell and drizzle melted butter over them
Sprinkle with chopped bacon
Arrange each shell on a cookie sheet and broil 3-4 minutes or until tops are browned.

Recipe courtesy of Canadian Cove Cultured Shellfish, Atlantic Aqua Farms, Orwell Cove, PEI