Mussels Round 2

I totally regretted not having a dinner party to serve all the mussels we made the other night because we had a ton left over, well maybe 3 pounds or so:) I stored them uncooked in the fridge covered with a wet towel and they were just as fresh the next day. For this recipe I changed it up to more of an Italian flavor.

Here’s what I used: 1 can of tomato paste, 1 can diced tomatoes, one scallion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 C mushrooms, 2 C wine, olive oil, mussels (the rest) 1 tbs rosemary and thyme.

It’s basically the same recipe as this just add tomatoes and paste and simmer before adding in the mussels.  Being that I am a new mussel fan do you have any fave recipes you’d like to share? Enjoy!

Mussels in wine

I am in love with this tasty little shellfish that I had for the first time at my bachellerette party in June.  This is my very first attempt at cooking them myself because I felt a bit intimidated at the prospect of cleaning them, fishing out the bad ones and simply not getting sick.  I happily found it to be the easiest recipe and just about the best thing I’ve eaten!  Not to mention how fun is it to eat your food out of little shells!  Here’s how I made it:

1.5 C white wine (I used an inexpensive chardonnay), 1 pound mussles, 4 chopped garlic cloves, 1/2 onion, 1 tomato, 1/c mushrooms,  olive oil, rosemary, thyme.  1.  Pull off mussel’s beards aka those stringy bits they attached themselves with to grow.  If you have trouble try pulling the other direction and pull hard!  2. Soak Mussels in water, add pinch of flour. This step helps remove any sand-crunchy! 3. Chop the garlic, tomato, onion and sauté in oil until it smells delicious about 5 min. (add garlic about halfway through so it doesn’t burn) Add rosemary and thyme  4. Add white wine to pot with onions and garlic mixture  5. Drain Mussels and add to pot once boiling  6.  Steam Mussels in covered pot 8-9 minutes until they are opened up  7. Spoon out your Mussels including the broth and serve with bread for soaking up the broth.  8. Throw out any Mussels that haven’t opened up  9.. No you haven’t died, it is heaven though (ugh, that was bad! haha!) 10. Drink leftover wine with Mussels.

Look here for Mussels Round 2 soon!