…Did someone say “swimsuit season”? I JUST DID. Time to “mussle up” with more seafood and veggies, and I’ve got just the recipe for you to try. Click to skip to the recipe
You can tell Summertime is right around the corner. Swimsuit ads keep popping up on my Facebook feed.
Not only is there the spring panic of bathing suit weather arriving shortly, but add in a year’s worth of a stay-at-home pandemic and where are those dumbbells? Under the bed??
While in this pattern, I came across an old fave that I haven’t had in a while. I saw fresh mussels at the local store and thought I’d give them a try.
The (lady) fishmonger was so sweet. She picked the closed shells from the bin, one by one, to the dismay of the growing line behind me. But I was left with a whole bunch of perfect mussels.
Misfits take the not-so-pretty produce that farmers grow and that retail grocers won’t purchase because they don’t look perfect and recycles them to people like me. People who don’t care if the tomato has a blemish as long as it tastes sweet.
Bathing suit beware…. I’m coming for ya!
Mussels in Ginger-Garlic Broth
With Crusty Bread
Serves: 4 as an appy and 2 for a meal
Time: 30 minutes ‘til it’s ready
2 tablespoon olive oil
½ red onion, peeled and finely diced, about 2 tablespoons
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 (2-inch) knob ginger, peeled and finely diced, about 2 tablespoons
½ cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon coarse black pepper
1 pound mussels
Several thick slices crusty bread
In a deep pot or wok with lid, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook until soft and fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine and simmer to reduce, about 3 minutes more. Add the stock. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the kale. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to the broil setting. Place slices of bread onto a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle it with garlic powder and top with Parmesan cheese. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and watch closely. Cook until the bread is golden, and the cheese is melty, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Place the mussels into the broth. Cover with the lid and cook until the mussels open, about 5 minutes. Serve the mussels in a bowl with lots of broth and a couple of slices of toasted bread for dipping.