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Mussels with Chorizo in White Wine Sauce

30 May

I have been keeping a list of all the new things I want to try to cook this year and I finally got around to trying out mussels! I was assured that they were not only cheap, but incredibly easy to make and I was not led astray. This recipe cooks enough for two hungry people, but can easily be modified to accommodate more.


1/4 extra virgin olive oil
1 chorizo, casing removed
2 shallots, minced
1 tb garlic, minced
1/2 c white wine
2 lb mussels, cleaned and steamed
1/4 c parsley, chopped
1/2 c cilantro, chopped
2 tb lemon juice
salt & pepper


1. Heat the oil in a large pot or sauce pan and medium-high heat. Crumble and sauté the chorizo with the shallots for four minutes. Add the garlic, stirring, and cook for another minute. (Your kitchen is going to smell deee-vine.)
2. Add the wine and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about five minutes.
3. Add the mussels, herbs and 1/2 c of reserved mussel broth to the sauce.  Cook over low heat until all mussels are heated through.
4. Toss with lemon juice, a little bit of salt (you don’t need much: the mussels’ liquid is briny already) and pepper.
5. Serve with crusty, warm bread. Garlic bread is especially good!

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Steamed Mussels w/ White Wine

30 May

A super-simple way to cook up mussels!


1/2 white onion, chopped
1 tb extra virgin olive oil
2 lb mussels, cleaned and bearded
1 c white wine


1. Rinse the mussels, removing the little beard if it’s still attached. Ensure that all mussels are CLOSED. If they are open, do not use them.

2. Cook the onion in the olive oil in a large pot for three to five minutes, until softened.
3. Add wine and mussels.  Bring the liquid to a boil, cover and cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until the mussels open. This should only take four to five minutes.

Almost there...

4. Discard any unopened shells.
5. Eat as is, or add into recipe for Mussels with Chorizo in White Wine Sauce. If so, reserve 1 cup of liquid.

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