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Cooking with Rebecca Bent

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mussels in Wine and Broth: a 2 minute tasty appetizer

Mussels in Wine and Broth take about 2 minutes to cook once the water starts boiling. It's one of the fastest and tastiest appetizers around. I recommend serving this with your favorite crusty bread along with a pile of napkins. Not that it's all that messy but you really want to sop up all the liquid so you do need to get your hands into the bowl.

Mussels in Wine and Broth
Makes 1 generous serving

30 Mussels, scrubbed (approximately 1 pound)
1 cup broth
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon roasted garlic
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large baguette

Other things to include in the broth:
2 medium sauteed shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

Scrub the mussels and place them in a large bowl. Make sure to remove the beards from mussels and to discard all broken shells or mussels that won’t close. Fill the bowl with enough cold water to cover the mussels. Let the mussels sit for 20 minutes to purge any sand. Remove the mussels from the water and rinse thoroughly.

In a medium stockpot add in the mussels, broth, wine, garlic, and butter and set it over high heat with the lid on. When the liquid comes to a boil cook until the shells open, or about 2 minutes. Serve immediately in 2 large bowls with the juices poured over. Offer slices of soft bread for dipping.

Watch a short video on how to prepare Mussels in Wine and Broth:


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