This recipe for roasted mussels, courtesy of Sam Hayward of Fore Street, brings the delicious taste of the sea to any meal.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread almonds in an even layer on a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to oven and roast until fragrant, about 5 minutes; let cool. Coarsely chop almonds by hand or pulse in a food processor.
Place a 5 1/4 quart nonreactive cast-iron roasting pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and cook until melted. Add shallots and garlic, cooking until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice, bring to a boil, and immediately remove from heat. Toss in herbs and almonds; season with salt and pepper.
Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Arrange mussels in the roasting pan in no more than two even layers. Cut remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons butter into pieces and place over mussels. Transfer to oven and roast, tossing mussels to coat, every 3 to 4 minutes, until mussels have opened and sauce is creamy. Serve immediately with bread for dipping.