Mussel Mania

You don’t need much to make mussels delicious (and nutritious). Steaming them in water or throwing them on a hot grill would work.

BUT a few pantry staples up the game and make you look like a genius.

Ingredients:

De-bearded and clean mussels from the fishmonger (love that word). Ask if they’re good to go.They commonly come in bags that feed 6 as an app, 4 for dinner. Rinse.

2-3 shallots, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped or sliced

White wine

Drop of olive oil

Pinch of pepper flakes

Chicken or fish stock or water

Mussels should be tightly closed. Before cooking toss any open ones. After cooking toss any closed ones – they’re past prime.

Slimly coat large heavy bottom pot that has a lid. Add shallots (or onion). Soften with a pinch of salt. Add garlic, stir a minute or two. Add pepper flakes. Add some big glugs of wine. Reduce by half. Add an equal amount of stock or water – I used H2O. Bring to boil. Throw in mussels. Slap a lid on it and reduce heat for simmering. Mussels should extend above the liquid for steaming. In a few minutes mussels are done.

Serve with grilled, or not, bread.

Can also be tossed with pasta (cook some chopped tomatoes in the broth before adding mussels – yum!

It doesn’t hurt to add chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Eat – B

 

 

Inspiration For The Salad Bowl

I'm thinking you can slavishly follow this recipe, or pick and choose among your fave ingredients. If you're living grill-less, skip the charring of the vegetables and use them raw.

Whatever you do, toast the almonds and overload on the ricotta salata. Just a thought…I've got your back 🙂

Click here for the recipe.

Eat – B

 

 

“I Don’t Feel Like Shopping Pasta”

Shop if you must, slide if you can.

With one large or a couple of medium, summer perfect tomatoes and a pantry, this dish is done in 13 minutes. Double down to feed a crowd.

Ingredients:

Pasta of your choice

Tomato(es)

Basil

Olive

Parmesan or similar grated cheese

Boil a big pot of salted water. Add 1/2 bag of tbd pasta.

Meanwhile chop tomato and throw in bowl. Drain pasta (not too well). Add to tomatoes, drizzle with good olive oil, add basil and a fair amount of grated cheese. Mix. Salt and pepper to taste.

Eat – B