When I first started to cook for myself, I fell madly in love with Fresh Direct. And quite often, they would have amazing deals on fresh mussels. Mussel night became the ritual whenever I ordered from fresh direct. I would steam these babies after a good cleaning and then serve them with my favorite marinara sauce. I forget what happened to my little ritual but I gave mussels a good long break…
And then last week, my old reliable Fresh Direct, moved mussels up in my “Faves” list. So I bought some fresh mussels.
But I wasn’t going to have these babies with marinara. I had tons of garlic and a half a bottle of white wine to get rid of. I needed a simple sauce that was flavorful and balanced and not too rich. I used this recipe from Simply Recipes and cooked them the way I knew how.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
2 pounds mussels, scrubbed clean under running water
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp butter I used unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 teaspoons flour (optional, omit for gluten-free version)
1/4 cup minced parsley
2 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
I set up a large pot and sautéed the onions in butter for 3 minutes over medium heat. When the onions were fragrant and translucent, I added the garlic. I sauteed until the the onion and garlic started to brown. Finally I deglaze the pan by adding the white wine and scraping up all the delicious oniony bits. I simmered the sauce for 10 minutes over low heat. Then I threw in the mussels. Covered with a lid and allowed to steam inside the pot for an additional 8-10 minutes.
The mussels are done when they are open. Give the mussels a good stir to allow the broth to cover all of the mussels. Discard any unopened mussels.
I decided to serve over some spaghetti and tossed the spaghetti in the mussels broth. Sprinkled with italian seasoning and serve.
We enjoyed it with the rest of the white wine.
I love Mussels! And I especially love mussels covered in delicious broth!