June 26, 2009

Yummy@Home Mussels - $5.99 for 2 lbs at Whole Foods!

Tonight my boyfriend and I decided to do something a little exotic and try our hand at mussels!

Our menu was mussels in a tomato and white wine sauce with chorizo and french fries of course! Need something to sop up all the leftover soupy deliciousness...

Step 1: Clean the mussels
  • Bought a bag of 2lbs mussels for $5.99 at Whole Foods. Is is just me or does that seem cheap? Not sure, I mean I don't buy mussels everyday so it could be normal?
  • Took a tip from Barefoot Contessa and dumped the mussels into a big pot with water and some flour (1/3 cup)
  • The flour is to take help separate the dirt and clean the mussels...
  • Let them soak for about 25 minutes
  • Drain the mussels and clean the "beard" off each mussel
Step 2: Make the broth (you can adjust the ingredients as you wish for taste - every chef has their own particular taste!...)
    mussel broth
  • While waiting for the mussels to clean, start working on the broth
  • chop one head of garlic
  • two shallots
  • handful of parsley
  • handful of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or heavy cream if you desire
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 bottle of white wine (we just went with a cheap recession white - use less if you are afraid of getting drunk!)
Heat the butter/heavy cream and olive oil on medium. Cook the shallots first and then add garlic (since garlic burns quickly). Add everything else and bring to a boil.

mussels and fries Add the mussels - stir and then cover for approximately 10 minutes. Serve with fries (we just used the frozen ones - baked them for 25 minutes) and chorizo - toss on a pan...and you're good to go!

A super super delicious meal - very easy to cook...but be prepared for quite a mess in the kitchen and a long cleanup.



Miranda said...

Yummy!!! This looks fantastic!!!

dantheman said...

I second that! I read this yesterday at work and saw the rainy forecast tonight and decided to give it a shot! I did a whole bottle of wine and my roommates and I had a blast- AWESOME dish and recipe. Definitely an underappreciated dish- raises the exotic/impress factor, a party to consume, and light on the wallet- god bless mussels

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