|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 24g||31%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||34%|
|Total Carbohydrate 26g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 41mg||205%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Mussels have a wonderful savory briny ocean flavor and are inexpensive compared to oysters or clams. Belgium beer adds a nice earthy flavor. We throw in some smoked ham, garlic, and fresh herbs to create a delicious appetizer for your guests. Add bread and a green salad for a complete meal.
Chef's Note: Buy fresh mussels and use within a day of purchase. Choose mussels with a tightly closed shell and discard any with chipped or broken shells. Wrap in moist paper towels and refrigerate when you get them home.
2 pounds mussels
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 cup diced smoked country ham (about 4 ounces)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 shallot, minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 (12-ounce) bottle Belgian-style ale
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon
Kosher salt , to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 crusty baguette, cut into 1-inch-wide slices, for serving
Gather the ingredients.
Under cool water, scrub each mussel's shell with a stiff-bristled brush. Remove the byssus thread (or beard), which connects the mussel to rocks in the water. Grab the fibers with your fingers and pull them out, tugging toward the hinged point of the shell.
In a medium-sized saucepan or skillet, heat the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. After the butter melts, add the ham and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until crispy and the fat has rendered.
Add the garlic, shallot, and thyme and cook in the rendered fat over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes, or until soft. Add the mussels, stir to coat with the vegetables and pan juices, and cook for about 1 minute.
Add the beer, cover the pan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until all the mussels open. (Discard any that do not open.)
Add the parsley, tarragon, basil, lemon juice, and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Toss to distribute the herbs and lemon juice and allow the butter time to melt. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Using a slotted spoon, serve them in a large bowl or divide the mussels evenly among 4 smaller bowls. Pour the broth from the pan over the mussels, and serve with the bread.
Reprinted with permission from "Steak with Friends: At Home, with Rick Tramonto" by Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody (Andrews McMeel 2010).