Pine needles impart a delicious, smoky tang to the mussels in a classic terree de moules, or mussel bake, which is traditionally done on the beach. The same results (and spectacle) can be achieved by means of a standard kettle grill. If you have access to dried, pesticide-free longleaf pine needles (from a species like aleppo or umbrella), you can collect your own (make sure they're completely brown).
- 1 1⁄2 lb. mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
- Dried pine needles, for smoking