Mussels with Paprika Bread Crumbs – Day 1 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2012

Broiled mussels with hot paprika crumbs

Welcome to the third annual “Twelve Days of Canapés” here at Kitchen Culinaire.

The holiday season is officially upon us and with all of the parties and potlucks and recipe exchanges there is no better time to roll out a brand new batch of festive hors d’oeuvre recipes. Before the month is through I will post a dozen carefully curated and personally tested canapés that will pair perfectly with a group of your dear friends, family or colleagues and a glass of champagne or your favourite cocktail.

This first recipe is one that I was hoping to make during our Food Bank Fundraiser last Saturday but somehow we ran out of time. I’ve been feeling a bit bad about it as I know that all the folks that gathered around the kitchen island for the cooking demos would surely have enjoyed this and I’m sure many would have gone on to make it for their own holiday parties. So the least I can do is feature it now and give it pride of place as our very first recipe for our 2012 version of the “12 Days”.

I love that these mussels can be made ahead of time and then broiled at the last minute.  They are pretty simple to make yet they have some great flavours and an amazing spicy crunch from the paprika bread crumbs. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon…

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe and I would also love to hear from anyone who has their own tried and true favourite canapé recipe that they would like to share.

Here’s to a delicious December!

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4 Responses to Mussels with Paprika Bread Crumbs – Day 1 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2012

  1. Tracy says:

    They look perfect, Julie.

    • Thanks Tracy. Was excited to see photos of your prep for the upcoming trip to Italy! Hope your language classes are going well…

      • Tracy says:

        Il mio insegnante è sciocco — my teacher is a fool. I blew off the class this past Monday and will most likely do the same next week. No matter, the class is almost finished. I’m doing a lot of studying on my own using various tools. I should be okay for the trip, but have realized that this is something I really can’t rush. Hoping your French is going well.

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