This mussel recipe is made in a tomato sauce with vodka and cream. It is quick and easy to make and simply exquisite.
I am using mussels in a half shell on this video. However, if you were to use whole ones it is important that you clean them well and that you remove the membrane or beard that is in between the shells. You can do this with a sharp small knife.
Once you cook the mussels you will have to discard the ones that do not open as this means they are not fresh.
I use vodka in this recipe but if you have a problem with this you really can omit it. The sauce will continue being pretty awesome.
Here is what you are going to need for this wonderful mussel recipe in spicy tomato sauce:
2.2 pounds cleaned mussels – remove the sticky membrane (beard) between the shells
1 TBS olive oil
1 small onion – finely chopped
4 garlic cloves – minced
1 – 28 oz. (400 grams) can of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground red chili pepper (optional)
1/2 cup(125 ml) vodka
Salt & pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
Chopped fresh basil for garnish
Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes until it is translucent and softened. Add the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute until you can start smelling it. Add the chopped tomatoes, the oregano, the sugar, the chili pepper and the vodka. Mix well, cover the skillet and allow simmering for about 7 minutes so that the alcohol evaporates. Work on low heat.
Uncover the skillet and season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Add the mussels and mix them into the sauce. Cover the skillet and let them steam for about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the cooked mussels from the tomato sauce. If you are using whole mussels and some of them do not open please discard them.
Add the cream to the tomato sauce and mix. Do not bring the sauce to a boil. Simply heat it through. Return the mussels to the cream sauce and sprinkle with chopped basil. Heat and serve. You can serve these over pasta or with s nice fresh chunk of crusty bread.
CALORIES 324.66; FAT 13.46 grs (sat 5.63; mono 4.62; poly 01.53); PROTEIN 21.96 grs ; FIBER 1.84 grs; CARBS 17.43 grs; CHOLESTEROL 74.06mg; IRON 6.93 mg; SODIUM 1084.67 mg; CALCIUM 77.58 mg