Food and Friday nights are always tricky…You’ve worked hard all week and just want to order takeout, but you know the weekend is coming and you may not be able to predict healthy eating…so, you want something quick yet healthy, but you are tired and don’t want to spend tons of time in the kitchen, and you might not want to resort to take-out. Here’s a quick and lovely meal to serve for your seafood lovers. Mussels cooked in a quick tomato sauce, with fresh crusty bread and a green salad is an inviting, and perhaps exotic meal that looks like it took way more time to cook than it did.
All you have to do is quickly sautee the garlic, onions, tomatoes, and oregano in a little olive oil until the tomatoes break down. Next, add the fresh mussels and cook with the lid on until the shells open fully. That’s less than 5 minutes. Serve in a bowl with chopped fresh parsley, sliced crusty bread, and a little green salad and you’ll look like a star (or you’ll have a delicious gourmet meal for yourself!!). If you are in a rush, pick up a prepared salad and use your own oil and vinegar dressing.
Mussels and tomatoes are served in many Italian restaurants. My Mom and grandmother did not make these dishes at home, but when we started to go to restaurants later in our family life, we often ate these in Italian restaurants. Courtesy of my favourite Italian chef, Pasquale Carpino, I started to make this mussel dish at home in the mid 80’s. The recipe below is Pasquale’s recipe with minor changes. Refer to my post from April 20, 2018 for more info on Chef Pasquale. With the availability of cultivated mussels in the local grocery store, this dish has become very accessible and economical as a quick dinner.
Using cultivated mussels means that you don’t have to scrape the beards off the mussels, which saves time. In the eastern part of our country mussels are cultivated and sustainably maintained, so they are a great option for this dish. Typically, our grocery store sells a two pound bag which would serve a two and possibly three diners very inexpensively by adding a salad and some bread. Use Roma tomatoes as they are meatier and have less water and seeds. If you are in a hurry, use good quality tomatoe puree. Here’s the recipe:
Here’s a lovely dish for seafood lovers that is economical, quick and full of flavour! Serve it as an appetizer or a full dinner with crusty bread and a green salad. Use Roma or San Marzano tomatoes since they are meatier and do well as a sauce posted by: everydayhomegourmet.blog/
Mussels with tomatoes
Here’s a lovely dish for seafood lovers that is economical, quick and full of flavour! Serve it as an appetizer or a full dinner with crusty bread and a green salad. Use Roma or San Marzano tomatoes since they are meatier and do well as a sauce
posted by: everydayhomegourmet.blog/