Spicy Mussels in White Wine

The first couple of warm days made me really wish for summer, and a summery-meal seemed in order.  Mussels, vegetable panzanella, and beer were perfect.  I usually just do a classic wine and tomato broth, but this was a fun change.  A smidge too spicy to taste the mussels, but otherwise great!  We’ll definitely make it again.  Another one from Gourmet, this is as printed.  I would just cut the red pepper flakes a tiny bit next time.

spicymussels

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/4-inch-thick lemon slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomatoes

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, fennel seeds, crushed red pepper and salt; sauté until onion is light brown, about 4 minutes. Add wine, lemon slices and 1/4 cup parsley; bring to boil. Add mussels. Cover pot and cook until mussel shells open, stirring once to rearrange mussels, about 6 minutes; discard any mussels that do not open. Using slotted spoon, transfer mussels to large shallow bowl. Boil broth in pot until reduced to 1 cup, about 3 minutes; season to taste with pepper. Pour broth over mussels. Sprinkle tomatoes and remaining parsley over.

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