Mussels Part 2: Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth

Mussels with Tomato Garlic Broth Blog

We're on Part 2 of what I foresee as being a continuing series here on Bake, Braise & Broil (see Part 1 here!). I love mussels. They're cheap, they're sustainable and they're delicious. I think a lot of people are turned off cooking mussels because of inexperience and the 'intimidation' factor. Fret not, we're in this together and I think you're going to be surprised at how easy they really are. 

For those who live near an ocean, I'm jealous. For the rest of us, 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!

Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth Blog

This version nestles mussels in a tasty, zingy tomato and garlic broth. Sweetness comes from caramelizing onions and red pepper flakes bring a touch of heat. Cooked with the mussels you get a delicious tomato-garlic-seafood stew. Salty, briny and sweet. And it's dead simple. 

Mussels with Tomato Garlic Broth Blog

Once you've got your base, your whole meal comes together in 5 minutes. If you're strapped for time, this is an amazing weeknight meal. Make the broth on the weekend (or whenever you have time). Reheat and then cook your mussels and you have dinner in 10 minutes. 

Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth Blog

Absolutely necessary for this recipe is some toasted bread. That delicious broth your making? It is even better when you sop it up with some fresh bread. So, while your cooking the mussels, throw some bread brushed with olive oil under the broiler. 

Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth Blog

The mussels cook quickly once they're added to the boiling broth - be careful not to overcook them. They will only need 3-4 minutes to cook. Once they've opened they are done, take them off the heat.  

Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth Blog

To serve, I take the mussels and place them on a platter. I divide the broth in half, pouring half directly over the mussels. The other half, I divide among ramekins so everyone can coat each and every mussel in delicious sauce. The "dunk factor". It's also perfect for dipping bread into. 

Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth Blog


I hope you guys give mussels a go - they'll quickly become a favourite! Until next week...

Mussels in Tomato Garlic Broth Blog James Signature

Jalapeño-Chili-Corn Cream Cheese Puffs

jalapeno-chili-corn cream cheese puffs


I love the tilde over the "n" in jalapeño. It makes me say it with such enthusiasm. Jalapennnnnnnnnyo! I also love these little delectable morsels. Your friends aren't going to be able to stop throwing them back (preferably with a great beer).  And seeing as this blog is a 'how-to guide on making your friends fat' they'll be rotund soooooon. 

The filling is a cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise base that I was inspired by from Ree Drummond's hot corn dip recipe. Loaded with southern flavours like roasted corn, poblano peppers and jalapeñnnnnnnno it's an awesome appetizer.  And it all starts with roasting corn...

Roasted Corn Jalapeno Chili Corn Cheese Dip

Of course, you could do this any number of ways and if it wasn't freezing here in the Canadian north I'd do this on the BBQ. Since I want to stay warm, my trusty cast-iron does a great job. Once you've got your corn with a nice caramelization on it, throw in some green chili's and set aside. Up next into that cast iron is onion, garlic, jalapeñnnnno and red pepper. After browning all over you're left with the next layer of flava:

jalapeno chili corn cream cheese puffs recipe

To bring this all together, that lovely combo I mentioned earlier is whisked with minced poblano pepper and then all three are added together, from this point I think it's easy to see there is no way this will taste bad. Just look at it: 

jalapeno chili corn cream cheese puffs recipe

Up next is adding some cheese, and baking it to get an oooooey gooey filling. Ready for the oven:

jalapeno chili corn cheese poppers recipe

While that is baking, time to make the vessel that will allow you to shovel mounds of that filling to your food hole. Puff pastry is the answer and I decided to make mini-cups. You can do any variation you prefer. Make a stuffed loaf of puff pastry! Mini-tarts for a side to a salad! It all will taste great. 

To make mini-cups, I rolled out the puff pastry then cut it into squares and folded them over the back of a mini muffin tin. After baking they come out looking damn delectable.

Jalapeno chili corn cream cheese puffs recipe
Jalapeno Chili Corn Cheese Puffs Recipe

Last step, as you might imagine, is filling these to the brim with our jalapeñnnnno-corn-cream cheese mixture and doing a quick final bake. You're left with this:

jalapeno chili corn cream cheese puffs

And as I mentioned, there are limitless ways to make these, I tried out two alternatives as well: 

1. Jalapeno-Chili-Corn Cream Cheese Braided Loaf

jalapeno chili corn cheese puffs recipe

2. Jalapeno-Chili-Corn Cream Cheese Tarts

jalapeno chili corn cheese puffs


Verdicts still out on which version people preferred. We ate them all. Enjoy guys!

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