These Steamed Mussels in Tomato & Garlic Broth are
a quick and easy weeknight meal!
Steamed mussels are just one of those foods that I haven’t quite gotten on board with yet. So why am I posting this recipe? Well, this is one of my wife’s favorite meals, and I’m giving her all of the credit here. (Heck, she made them…all I did was take a couple of pictures!) I don’t know why I haven’t discovered a love of mussels. I enjoy seafood in general, and I even like other shellfish. (Speaking of shellfish, Mardi Gras season is drawing near and I’ve been craving shrimp etouffée like you wouldn’t believe. And crawfish bread…oh, how I love that cheesy, crawfish bread!) So maybe there is hope for me yet when it comes to mussels…
These Steamed Mussels with Tomato & Garlic Broth are a seriously easy (and gourmet) weeknight meal. You just basically whip up a delicious tomato broth in a deep frying pan, add the mussels and let them steam for about 10 minutes. Serve with a piece of crusty French bread, and you’ve got a restaurant-style meal in less than 30 minutes! One of the keys here is to use mussels that have already been cleaned. (My wife typically uses frozen, cleaned mussels.) If you’ve ever cleaned mussels, then you know it can take a bit of time. Oh, and another bonus that makes this recipe great for weeknights? It’s a one-pot meal. That means clean-up is a cinch, too!
Because this recipe is so easy (and nearly fool-proof), it would make a great meal to serve for a special occasion. Maybe for Valentine’s Day? Just sayin’. These steamed mussels can easily be served just as they are, but they also go great over angel hair pasta. Either way, make sure to have a big loaf of crusty French or Italian bread on hand to soak up all of the delicious leftover broth!