Happy as a Mussel?
April 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
Why is it “happy as a clam” and not “happy as a mussel”? It would have made the title to this post so much better if the latter was the phrase .. so inconvenient ;). But this was lunch today – and these plump, juicy treasures in a creamy sauce made me fairly happy.
Growing up, though we regularly had fish, we never really ate mussels. So, I was slightly wary about mussels, but so many people seemed to love these elegantly beautiful shellfish, and the photos were so beautiful that I just had to try them. So, last week I ordered mussels in a restaurant, but was sorely disappointed – all that I could taste was the salt.
A quick Google search later that day showed how easy these were to prepare. So, this weekend, I got a bag of mussels, and cooked them with flavors that I know I like – garlic, coconut and green chilies for a spicy kick.
And here is how I did it. In a pan, I sautéed 4 finely diced red pearl onions, 1 large garlic clove chopped and two green chilies (chopped) in a tablespoon of oil (and salt of course!) for about a minute. Then I added a skinned tomato, roughly chopped and let it cook on a medium flame until the tomatoes melted to make a sauce. Then I added about a 1/4 cup of water, and 1/2 a pound of cleaned mussels to the pan, and let it steam (covered) till all the mussels opened up. Next, I added a quarter cup of coconut milk, and a dash of vinegar. Brought it back to a simmer, adjusted seasoning and garnished it with chopped Cilantro. And Voila – Chili Garlic Mussels in Coconut sauce! (or ‘Easy Deliciousness’ – seriously, both names are descriptive of the dish)