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Mussels in Tomato-Parsley Sauce Baked in Parchment


This is a first course you can tear into: Mix mussels -- low in fat; high in nutrients, particularly vitamin B12 -- with garlic, oregano, parsley, pepper, tomatoes, olive oil, and white wine. Pour it all onto parchment, fold up, and bake until the bag billows.

  • Servings: 6

Photography: Hans Gissinger

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2005


  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed well and beards removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, including juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut a sheet of parchment paper to measure 15 by 24 inches. Fold in half horizontally, and crease. Make a 1-inch fold on one open side; fold over again. Press firmly to seal. Repeat on opposite side to form a large pocket.

  2. Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl. Place parchment pocket in a roasting pan. Holding pocket up, pour in mussel mixture. Seal top by making a 1-inch fold. Fold over again; press firmly to seal. Lay pocket flat in pan.

  3. Bake mussels 20 minutes; all mussels should be open (discard any that remain closed). Serve immediately, opening packet at the table.


On "Mad Hungry," Lucinda used 1/2 cup dry white wine instead of 1/4 cup.

Cook's Notes

Bake the packet in a pan that can go right to the table, and serve the dish family style, with a loaf of crusty bread.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Elizabeth Wiebelt
    19 MAY, 2012
    I made this dish with a different type of mussel. I used New Zealand Green Mussels and came out fantastic.
  • Alaskacuisine
    15 MAY, 2012
    Martha Web Folks..... Where is the easy to find PRINT icon. This is not the expected Martha service. Would like to print the recipe but can not from this page. One can highlight-copy-paste in WORD-save- then print.... but why bother when we can just go to food network where they make it all convenient for the customer.
  • tony20
    3 OCT, 2011
    columbia93 I had reported this problem to customer service last week and still has not been corrected, because they kept sending me emails on what was wrong with my computer; kept sending me emails on what I should be doing, which did not work, because they did not understand the problem.
  • columbia93
    1 OCT, 2011
    Just want to ask where in the world are any options to print this? (Not loving Martha's new design, either.) I would like to print this recipe but the only way to do it is to include unnecessary stuff. Even if I just try to do a "selection" - stuff from the left side. I love these shows and would love to make the dishes but the info is either incomplete or too fast to write it during the show and I've come to depend on the websites. PLEASE fix this!