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Mussels in Spicy Tomato Sauce

A lot of people end up steaming their mussels the same way every time, using white wine, parsley and garlic, and serving them with the broth. While there is nothing wrong with that recipe (in fact, it is always delicious) sometimes it is nice to try another recipe, and here we are swapping that French cooking method for the Italian way of cooking mussels. You can see how a spicy tomato sauce goes just as well with the shellfish, offering a change of pace from the simpler recipe you might be more familiar with.

We are cooking the mussels in garlic, chili and wine first, then keeping them warm while we make the sauce. This is part of the broth you get from steaming the mussels, and also extra ingredients in the form of anchovy, more garlic, some vegetable stock (or chicken stock if you prefer) and tomatoes. Keep the mussels warm while the sauce simmers away for 15 minutes, or until it has thickened up a bit, then add the mussels back in along with some parsley and then dish is ready to serve.

Enjoy this mussel entrée with some bruschetta, which is toasted sliced bread rubbed with a raw garlic clove, or consider French fries (not so Italian but always great with mussels) or some ciabatta bread for soaking up all the wonderful juices from the mussels. A simple baby leaf salad on the side with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes the perfect side dish. Cooking mussels is really easy, and experimenting with new mussel recipes is always a lot of fun as well. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra


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