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Saffron Mussels with Gnocchi

Mussels are the star of this authentic Italian dish, along with homemade gnocchi of course. The seafood and gnocchi combine with tomatoes, parsley, garlic and saffron, to add a subtle but typically Italian flavor. If you prefer to use clams or baby squid, either of those would work nicely in the dish as a sub for the mussels. You could even use some of each if you want an especially impressive dish, or you like plenty of variety with your seafood.

Mussels or clams need to be scoured with a knife to get any barnacles off, and the shells should be closed. Any open shells can be tapped and if the animal is alive the shell will close. If it stays open discard it in case it is dead. Mussels might have beards. If yours do, pull them off. The shellfish should be kept in a cloth-covered bowl until you are ready to cook them. Baby squid will not require any preparation. The gnocchi are made with flour, potatoes and egg, and they make a nice alternative to rice, pasta or potatoes.

The sauce is made with tomatoes, mussels and some aromatic flavorings, and these 2 components go together beautifully to make the complete dish. If you are thinking of serving a side dish with this, you cannot go wrong with a simple salad. Alternatively choose an appetizer or dessert (or both!) instead, to round out the meal. You might wonder why so many Italian recipes are made from scratch when you can buy readymade tomato sauce and frozen gnocchi, but make and taste this, and the wonderful fresh flavors will be proof enough of why making the effort is well worth it. This is a stunning dish. Continue reading

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