Pacific Northwest Microwbrew Steamers With Bread

Total Time
10 mins
10 mins

This has amazed our guests for years, but is so easy it leaves me time to enjoy their company! And sometimes hubby and I just have it together with a very oaky Chardonnay. The use of unsalted butter is imperative for this recipe, else it is way too salty! This serves 4 for a pretty filling appetizer or 2 for a meal with a salad. You can use clams instead of mussels if you wish. There will be plenty of broth to soak up with a nice crusty bread.

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  1. In a large non-reactive pot with lid, melt butter.
  2. Add garlic, pepper, shallots, tarragon, thyme, parsley, chives and beer.
  3. Heat just to a simmer and stir in mussels or clams.
  4. Cover and steam 4-7 minutes till shells have opened.
  5. Discard any that have not opened.
  6. Put clams in individual bowls and ladle broth over.
  7. Serve with crusty bread for sopping.