Whiskey Mussels en Papillote Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 2 pounds Live Mussel, debearded and scrubbed
  • 1 medium Shallot, finely diced
  • 1/4 ounce Dried Tarragon, fresh sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest, approximiately 1 lemon's worth
  • 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey, such as Bushmills
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground
For the Vinaigrette:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Tarragon Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Grain Mustard
  • dash Sea Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Lay out two long sheets (~24 inches each) of heavy duty foil; fold each one in half. Set half of the mussels on each piece of foil, then cup the edges of the foil to hold everything in for now.
  3. Scatter half of the diced shallots over each portion. Pull the leaves from the tarragon sprigs and scatter over the mussels, along with the lemon zest. Pour half of the whiskey and olive oil over each portion. Sprinkle each with a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  4. Bring the edges of the foil up and fold to form a packet that encompasses everything inside. Set the packets in a baking dish or on a baking sheet (to catch any juices that escape). Slide into preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until all of the shells have opened (discard any that do not open).
  5. In the meantime, combine all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a small jar with a lid and shake hard to combine.
  6. Carefully open each parcel (the steam will be hot!). Set each parcel on a deep-sided serving plate or shallow bowl and open just before you eat, letting the steam waft up into your nose.  You could also transfer each portion directly to the serving vessel. Shake up the vinaigrette again, and pour over the mussels before diving in, preferably with some crusty bread for mopping up the juices and a dram of whiskey to accent the flavors. Slàinte!


Source: Recipe inspired by Manger
Recipe inspired by Manger
Cooking Method:
Boozy Food
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Author: Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Source: Recipe inspired by Manger
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 276
Calories 712

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 1626mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 56g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

About Heather

Heather is a major foodie from way back. She went to school in Michigan (Go Spartans!), and now lives in Indiana. She blogs about garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, sultry cocktails, Mexican food and more on All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Around here she's best known as our Seafood and Fish Fanatic, and boy are we excited!