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Steamed Mussels with Peppers Recipe

Steamed Mussels with Peppers Recipe

Use the French bread to soak up the deliciously seasoned broth. If you like food zippy, add the jalapeno seeds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine or additional clam juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • French bread baguette, sliced, optional

Directions

  • 1. Tap mussels; discard any that do not close. Set aside. In a large skillet, saute jalapeno in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the clam juice, wine, red pepper, green onions, oregano and bay leaf.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add mussels. Cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until mussels open. Discard bay leaf and any unopened mussels. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper. Serve with baguette slices if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

12 mussels and 1/2 cup broth (calculated without baguette) equals 293 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 931 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.