Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Put some Mussel in it!

Oh yessss. Mussels !! Who doesn't love some seafood in their pasta?!

I ran across a fantastic sale at my local grocer yesterday: buy one get one free frozen mussels in sauce. I had seen them numerous times before while perusing the seafood section and never gave them a chance. Well you can always count on a buy one get one free sale to sway you into new territory! So I decided on 2 different kinds, mussels in butter & garlic sauce and mussels in tomato and herb sauce. Not a bad deal coming out to $5 for the two boxes ($2.50 a pop!).

I decided to try out the Mussels in Butter & Garlic Sauce with some Linguine for last night's dinner. I doctored the mussels up a bit and created a sauce by adding white wine, EVOO, some extra garlic and some fresh parsley plus salt and pepper. It turned out fabulous and was easy as 1, 2, 3!  I complimented my entree with a lovely bottle of white wine and a fresh ceaser salad on the side. Fantastico!

Mussels in a White Wine, Butter & Garlic Sauce

  • 1 box of Pier 33 Gourmet Mussels in Butter & Garlic
  • Dry Linguine
  • 2 Cups Dry White Wine, approx. (And a glass for yourself on the side)
  • A good healthy drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic to taste (use a little, use a lot - I used a few squirts of the tubed garlic you find by the refrigerated herbs in the produce section of the grocery store)
  • Large handful of fresh chopped Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Boil a pot of salted water for your Linguine, add Linguine and cook until Al Dente, drain then set aside. Empty the contents of the frozen mussels package into a large pan and cover with lid on high heat. After about 2-3 minutes, add in your white wine, olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper. Stir with a wooden spoon to disperse ingredients then cover again with lid and cook on medium heat for another 2-3 minutes. Add parsley and Linguine to the Mussel mixture and stir together. Cover with lid and reduce to low heat. Let the juices blend with your pasta mixture for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy! Feel free to add a sprinkle of fresh grated Parmesan for extra flavor! Don't forget your glass of wine!

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