Mussels in Smoky Poblano-Cilantro Broth Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 

1 poblano chile
1 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
48 mussels (about 2 pounds), scrubbed and debearded
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat broiler to high.

Place chile on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 3 inches from heat for 8 minutes or until blackened and charred, turning after 6 minutes. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel, and discard skins. Chop chile.

Combine chopped chile, wine, shallots, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, and next 4 ingredients (through clam juice) in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Add mussels; cover and cook 3 minutes or until shells open. Remove mussels from pan with a slotted spoon. Discard unopened shells. Keep warm.

Bring wine mixture to a boil over high heat; cook until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Stir in lime juice and butter. Pour liquid over mussels; toss gently. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro. Serve immediately.

Cooking Light, April 2013, page102


Quick Seafood Stew Tuesday, Jul 2 2013 

1 1/2 cups small red potatoes, quartered (about 10 ounces)
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound striped bass fillets
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leek
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/2 cup clam juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
24 medium mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 (1-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread
1 garlic clove, halved

Place potatoes in a saucepan. Add water to cover potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer 10 minutes; drain potatoes. Set aside.

Preheat broiler to high.

Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl. Add fish, skin side down; cook 2 minutes or until skin is crisp. Remove from pan; break into 2-inch pieces.

Reduce heat to medium-high. Add leek and sliced garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add 1 cup water and next 6 ingredients (though bay leaf); bring to a boil. Add potatoes, fish, and mussels; cover and cook 4 minutes or until shells open and fish is done. Discard any unopened shells, thyme, and bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley.

Arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil 1 1/2 minutes or until toasted. Rub bread generously with cut side of garlic. Serve with stew.

Cooking Light, May 2013, page 60


Mussels with Peas and Mint Monday, Jun 3 2013 

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup thinly sliced leek (about 1 large)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
3/4 cup organic vegetable broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup fresh shelled green peas
48 mussels (about 2 pounds), scrubbed and debearded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek, thyme, and tarragon to pan; cook 4 minutes or until leek is tender, stirring frequently. Add broth and cream; bring to a simmer. Add peas and mussels; stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 7 minutes or until mussels open. Remove from heat; discard any unopened shells. Sprinkle evenly with mint and pepper.

Cooking Light, April 2013, page 22

Serve over pasta


Mussels with Fennel and Wine Sunday, Mar 24 2013 

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large fennel bulb, coarsely chopped, plus fennel fronds for serving
2 shallots, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
2 pounds mussels, scrubbed
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
5 ounces mixed greens (about 6 cups)
country bread, for serving

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, shallots, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the mussels and wine and simmer, covered, until the mussels open, 4 to 6 minutes. (Discard any mussels that remain closed.)

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the greens and toss to combine. Serve the mussels with the cooking liquid. Sprinkle with the fennel fronds and serve with the salad and bread.

Calories 228, Fat 14g, Sat Fat 2g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 257mg, Protein 6g, Carbohydrate 23g, Sugar 3g, Fiber 6g, Iron 3mg, Calcium 107mg

Real Simple, February 2013, Page 162


Summer Tomato Bouillabaisse with Basil Rouille Monday, Feb 11 2013 

Active 25 Minutes, Total 30 Minutes, 6 SERVINGS

4 garlic cloves, divided
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup mayonnaise
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
4 cups (about 1 1/3 lb.) cherry tomatoes
1 small fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 8-oz. bottle clam juice
3 lb. mixed shellfish (such as littleneck clams, cockles, mussels), scrubbed
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Crusty bread, sliced (for serving)

Mince or finely grate 2 garlic cloves and transfer to a blender. Add basil, mayonnaise, 3 Tbsp. oil, anchovies, and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. transfer basil rouille to a small bowl, cover, and chill.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and fennel; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally. until tomatoes burst, about 10 minutes.

Slice remaining 2 garlic cloves and add to pot. Cook, stirring often, until garlic becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in wine and cook, stirring often, until almost absorbed, about 1 minute. Add clam juice and 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Add shellfish and cook, covered, until opened (discard any that do not open), about 3 minutes. Stir in parsley. Spread basil rouille on bread and serve alongside.

CALORIES 336, FAT 21g, CARBS 24g

Bon Appetit, July 2011, page 41

Steamed Mussels with Bell Peppers, Watercress and herbed toasts Thursday, Feb 7 2013 

1/2 cup dry sherry
2 cup orange juice
2 Tbs. tomato paste
4 tsp. sherry vinegar
2 tsp. honey
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh thyme
12 1/2-inch-thick slices baguette (cut on an angle)
Kosher salt
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
3/4 large red bell pepper, cut into medium dice (about 3/4 cup)
3/4 large yellow bell pepper, cut into medium dice (about 3/4 cup)
2 Tbs. minced fresh garlic
1 tsp. minced fresh serrano Chile
4 lb. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
4 oz. fresh watercress, tough stems trimmed, washed well

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup water with the sherry, orange juice, tomato paste, vinegar, and honey.

In another small bowl, mix 3 Tbs. of the olive oil with the thyme. Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with some of the thyme oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Toast under the broiler, flipping once, until golden brown on one side and lightly toasted on the other, about 5 minutes total.

Meanwhile, in a medium (6-quart) Dutch oven, heat the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil and 1 Tbs. of the butter over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, raise the heat to medium high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots and somewhat softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and Chile and cook briefly, stirring, until fragrant and well combined. Add the sherry mixture, stir, and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels, cover the pot, and cook until the mussels have opened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, toss in all but a few sprigs of the watercress, and stir gently to partially wilt it.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels and watercress to 4 wide, shallow serving bowls. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter to the broth and stir until melted. Ladle the broth over the mussels. Garnish with the remaining watercress sprigs and serve with the toasts on the side.

COOKFRESH 2011, Page 36

Curried Coconut Mussels Tuesday, Jun 12 2012 

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons red curry paste
1 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 pounds small mussels, scrubbed and debearded (about 60)
3/4 cup small basil leaves, divided
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 lime wedges

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and jalapeño; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in curry paste; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add coconut milk, wine, sugar, and salt; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes. Stir in mussels; cover and cook 5 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any unopened shells. Stir in 1/2 cup basil and juice. Divide mussels mixture evenly among 4 bowls, and spoon the coconut mixture evenly over mussels. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon remaining basil; serve with lime wedges.

Calories 241, Fat 9.9g (Sat 4g, Mono 3.2g, Poly 1.3g), Protein 20g, Carbohydrate 19.1g, Fiber 1.7g, Cholesterol 42mg, Iron 6.8mg, Sodium 594mg, Calcium 80mg

Cooking Light, June 2011, Page 186


Spicy Moroccan Steamed Mussels Monday, Jan 30 2012 

Serves 4, Hands on time 15 minutes, Total time 15 minutes

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh garlic
1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
2 cups low sodium tomato juice
1/2 tsp red chile pepper flakes
3/4 lb Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 lbs cultivated mussels
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or Italian parsley, optional

In a large pot, combine oil, garlic, paprika, coriander and cumin. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until sizzling and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add tomato juice, chile flakes and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Add potatoes and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are almost tender when pierced, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with cold water. Place mussels in bowl and rinse. Tap any mussels that have gaped open slightly. If they close, they’re alive and safe to cook. Discard any mussles that remain open (indicating that they’re no longer alive) and any that have broken shells. Drain.

Increase heat and add mussels to pot. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, shaking pot several times. Remove lid and dicard any mussels that remain closed. Add cilantro, if desired, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrients per serving: Calories 243, Total fat 9g (Sat 1g, Mono 6g, Poly 1g), Carbs 26g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g, Protein 13g, Sodium 335mg, Chol 24mg

Clean Eating, August/September 2011, Page 29


Mussels with Leeks and Pancetta Wednesday, Oct 19 2011 


1 pound mussels in shells (about 30)
3 ounces pancetta, chopped
3 medium leeks, sliced (1 cup; white part only)
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 to 3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
Crusty country bread (optional)

Scrub mussels under cold running water. Remove beards. In an 8-quart Dutch oven combine 4 quarts cold water and 1/3 cup salt; add mussels. Soak for 15 minutes; drain and rinse. Discard water. Repeat soaking, draining, and rinsing twice.

In a Dutch oven cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove pancetta; drain on paper towels. Drain fat from the Dutch oven, reserving 1 tablespoon. Return the 1 tablespoon fat to Dutch oven. Add leeks; cook and stir about 3 minutes or until tender.

Add orange peel, orange juice, and wine to Dutch oven. Bring to boiling. Add mussels to Dutch oven; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any mussels that do not open. Sprinkle with pancetta and chives. If desired, serve with crusty country bread.

PER SERVING 333 cal., 11g total fat (3g sat. fat), 47mg chol., 905mg sodium, 33g carb.,2g fiber, 20g pro.


Garlicky Clams and Mussels Thursday, Mar 10 2011 

Prep Time: 15 min Serves: 4 to 6 servings Cook Time: 15 min

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 pounds baby clams (littleneck if available), scrubbed
1 stick of butter, cut into tablespoons
2 tablespoons minced garlic, in all
Salt and pepper
1 pound fresh angel hair pasta
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

Bring a pot of salted water up to a boil. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil and the garlic cloves. When the garlic starts to turn golden discard the cloves, about 2 minutes. Add the mussels and clams to the oil. Cover the pan and saute the seafood for about 3 to 4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, or until the shells open. Remove the pan from the heat and discard any shells that did not open. Pour the seafood into a bowl and set aside. Place the saute pan back on the heat and melt the butter with the minced garlic, over medium-low heat, about 2 minutes. Drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Sauteed mussels and clams with their liquid back into the pan. Saute for 1 minute. Remove the pasta from the water and drain. Place the pasta directly into the saute pan. Remove from the heat and toss the pasta with the mussels and clams. Season with salt and pepper. Mound the pasta in the center of an over-sized pasta bowl. Garnish with the grated cheese and chopped parsley.

Food Network recipe
courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

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