Last week I picked up 2lbs of live mussels at Price Chopper for the incredible price of $2.99. Yep - not a typo, less than $1.50 per pound! This may be the
cheapest least expensive meal I've ever cooked, macaroni with butter and onions and Parmesan aside.
Coincidentally, as I flipped around the television on the very same day, there was an episode of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef on and she, too, was cooking mussels. Weird, huh?
I missed the beginning of her demo, but saw enough to know that I was on the right track with my own sensibilities regarding how to prepare these babies. What follows is one of the easiest, low budget, delicious recipes eva! Sweat some chopped onion and minced garlic in a combination of olive oil and butter - just enough fat to coat the pot and the vegetables. Dump your mussels in the pot and pour in a couple of cups of white wine. Cover and cook over medium high heat for about 3 minutes. Toss in a coarsely chopped plum tomato or two and a handful of fresh herbs - parsley, basil, rosemary, whatever you've got in any combination which you find pleasing. Cover and cook 2 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl and serve with grilled crusty bread. Done. My 2 lbs provided me with a satisfying light dinner with enough leftovers to treat my neighbors, recently returned to the DelSo following some time spent with family, to a surprise appetizer. Mussels - yummy to eat and fun to share.