Thursday, March 8, 2012
Mussels in White Wine
2 lbs. FRESH mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 Tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons chopped shallots
1 small bunch Italian fresh parsley, chopped
3-4 roma tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
To clean the mussels, place mussels in a large bowl with cold water to cover. Add the flour and soak for 30 minutes, or until the mussels disgorge any sand. Drain the mussels, then remove the “beard” from each with your fingers. If they’re dirty, scrub the mussels with a brush under running water. Discard any mussels whose shells aren’t tightly shut.
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the chopped shallot and cook for 5 minutes; then add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, and cook until almost tender. Pour in the white wine, and stir in the parsley and butter. Bring to a boil, and allow to boil until the liquid has reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the mussels to the pot, stir well then cover and allow to cook until the shells are opened, about 7 minutes. Transfer the mussels and sauce to a large serving bowl, discarding any unopened shells.
Labels: Main Dish