Mussels with Garlic Butter


3 oz. unsalted butter                       1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped           1 Tbsp. olive oil
4 shallots, finely chopped                 Several pinches turmeric
½ tsp. tarragon, dried                     2 lbs. mussels

Four hours before preparing the dish, soften butter, then mix thoroughly with garlic, onions, tarragon, parsley, olive oil, and turmeric. Return to refrigerator to harden. Steam mussels in water or white wine. When opened, discard half of each shell. Arrange mussels in shell in single layer on ovenproof plates. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dab of flavored butter on each mussel. Place in oven for 3-5 minutes until butter is melted and garlic smell emerges. Serve with warm French bread to dip in broth.

Serves 4 as appetizer or 2 as main course.