100 Favorite Dishes: No. 65 -- Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No 65: Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse

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Sarah Schiear
Any mussel aficionado will likely tell you that one of his favorite traits of the dish is the broth. Whether wine-based or tomato, mussels are typically found swimming in this flavorful broth, with a good amount of crusty bread nearby for sopping. 

If you've never been to Timpano's for their famous skillet-roasted mussels, you may be in for a surprise. Instead of broth, these jewels of the sea arrive on a screaming hot skillet, tossed in crystal-like kosher salt and lots of extra-virgin olive oil. Because of the extreme heat they're cooked in, the mussels develop a crisp, almost pan-fried quality. A small dish of melted butter is served in the center for dipping. Drop a hunk of bread into the butter and then give it a good swipe in the blackened-salty skillet for a better-than-broth sopping experience.

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 66: Fish Sandwich from Lazy Loggerhead Cafe
No. 67: Fresh Tomato Pizza from Pizza Time
No. 68: Seafood Salad Sandwich from Le Tub
No. 69: Wings from Lefty's Tavern
No. 70: Sake Flight from Wild East Asian Bistro
No. 71: Croque Monsieur From Croissan'Time
No. 72: Mushroom in Tin Foil at Marumi Sushi
No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V
No. 74: Cherry Crunch Donut from Dandee Donut Factory
No. 75: Brussel Sprouts from Cafe La Buca
No. 76: Linguine Vongole from Il Bellagio 
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie from Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon
No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub
No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger

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John L.
John L.

All salt and fat, imo.


How you missed these last year is beyond comprehension. The problem is that they are a top 10 dish. It's one of the few don't miss it dishes in Fort Lauderdale.

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