- Over medium heat in my Le Creuset 5 quart oval french oven, I drizzled a little olive oil and sauteed two links of chorizo, casing removed and chopped up, for about 8 minutes, until they were browned and cooked through. I then removed the chorizo with a slotted spoon and put them onto a paper towel lined plate
- Next, I sauteed 1 small onion, chopped up finely, and half a shallot, chopped up finely (I had some leftover shallot) in the pot with the remaining oil from the chorizo for about 5 minutes, until they were softened. I then added about 6 cloves of minced garlic and sauteed them for another 1 minute. I seasoned everything with pepper, a couple shakes of red chili flakes (~1 tsp), a couple of shakes of fennel seed (~1 tsp) and a little salt (you don't need too much salt, because the mussels and chorizo are salty)
- Then, I added half a bottle of white wine (I used 2 buck chuck Sauvignon Blanc; I thought it was fine in the mussels, though it was pretty bad when I tried a sip straight), 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, 1 TB of chopped fresh tarragon, a cup of halved cherry tomatoes 3 slices of a small lemon and brought it to a simmer
- Finally, I added the mussels, a handful at a time (don't pour them from the bowl or else all the grit that they release will go into the pot), added back the chorizo, stirred it around, and covered with a lid for about 10 minutes, stirring it up every so often, until the mussels open
I also toasted in the oven an organic sourdough boule from Whole Foods, sliced about a centimeter thick. When the bread was nicely toasted, I brushed it with olive oil and rubbed a clove of garlic, sliced in half, all over the bread, for some fragrant garlic bread to dip in the broth of the mussels. We paired the meal with a large bottle of Schneider Weiss, a German hefeweizen (wheat beer) and Malheur, a Belgian dark ale (you can find both at Whole Foods). We were stuffed; we ate all the mussels and most of the bread. We didn't even have room for the chili shrimp cocktail that I made again for K. to try. It was a great meal and I'm looking forward to making it again soon.
Before: two heaping bowls of mussels
After: a huge bowl of empty shells