Mussels - I avoided cooking them for years. They seemed... hard. But I loved them and ordered them constantly at restaurants. One day I decided, hell - I'll try! I'm a man! I can do this!
Thank god I tried. Guess what - they're super, SUPER easy.
I live in land-locked Alberta and fresh seafood is pretty hard to come by. But I discovered that Costco (yup!) brings in fresh farmed mussels and they are pretty stellar. And cheap. You get 8 pounds of these tasty morsels for under twenty bucks! Here they are cleaned and ready to go:
Served with a piece of toasty (or fresh) baguette - it's a quick, easy, delicious and healthy supper. I prefer to cook these guys with one of two sauces: a white wine garlic (below) or a tomato garlic (see here). Both are delicious, and if you pick up 8 pounds, you can try both! At once. Gluttony for the win!
We start with leeks and garlic, chopped:
Fresh lemon zest and lemon juice bring ALLLL those flavours out.
Here the sauce is, ready to go - flava central!
Up next, those mussels get a quick steam. Be careful! Don't overcook them. When they open, they're done!
I like to carefully remove the mussels and place them on a platter. That delicious sauce we made? It's in the bottom of your pot. Take half and toss with the mussels. The other half? DUNK SAUCE! Place it in individual ramekins so you can dunk each and every mussel in it before devouring it.
These were delectable! P.S. fresh bread is a must (bread, aka sauce mop)!