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White Wine Steamed Mussels

Fancy a gourmet yet healthy home cooked dinner this week? Why not be adventurous and try something different? Well we have the perfect recipe for you to indulge in. The white wine steamed mussels aren’t as intimidating to make as you may think, in fact it’s a very quick and easy recipe to impress at any up-and-coming dinner parties! Not only does it taste delicious it also looks delicious, whilst lots of crunchy bread is needed on the side to soak up the juices that makes this dish perfect! Just follow the steps below and enjoy…

You will need

(Serves 3 to 4)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 sprigs thyme
2/3 cup white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1 1/2 cups fish stock (or 1 cup clam juice and 1/2 cup water)
2 lbs. black mussels, scrubbed clean and beards removed
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
2 teaspoons minced tarragon
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

1 crusty baguette

Directions

1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt butter. Sauté shallot, garlic and thyme for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.
2. Reduce mixture with wine and lemon juice and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
3. Add stock (or clam juice and water combination) and bring mixture to a boil. Add mussels and cover for 4 to 5 minutes. Uncover, add tomatoes, parsley and tarragon and re-cover for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until mussels just open. Lightly season mixture with salt and pepper and finish with fresh lemon zest. Serve immediately with a warmed, crusty baguette.

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