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New Zealand Green Mussels at Terrapin

Map6426 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, NY
  • Food & Drink
  • Appetizers
  • Mussels

Best of Hudson Valley History

2008 Readers' Pick — Best Appetizers
2008 Editors' Pick — Best Mussels

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
County: Dutchess
Pick: Editors' Picks
Readers' Picks
About: Our readers told us that the very best appetizers in the land could be found at this classy converted church. But we editors want to let our readers know how we feel about some very amazing mussels. Don't expect the usual topsy-turvy heap of mollusks in a bowl -- this appetizer is a true delicacy. Nine or 10 juicy New Zealand green mussels (the very large ones) come daintily arranged on the half shell; lightly coated with a mix of finely chopped and sauteed leeks and mustard greens; then topped with a lemongrass beurre blanc that gets the subtlest kick from sake, white wine, rice wine vinegar, and Dijon mustard. Chef Josh Kroner's duck quesadillas have been a hit at Terrapin for years, but this dish (which he created last spring) may soon knock them out of the water.
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