Mussels steamed in a garlic, tomato and white wine broth are easy and inexpensive to make. Figure about 2 pounds mussels per person.
The commercially raised mussels available today are cleaner than they used to be. Just wash them in cold water before using. Scrape off the beard or thin hairs along the shell. This is how the mussel attaches itself to rocks. If any mussels are open, tap them gently. Discard any that do not close.
This dish is really a meal in itself. Be sure to have plenty of fresh French bread to soak up every last drop.
This meal contains 534 calories per serving with 23 percent of calories from fat.
Fred Tasker’s wine tip: The quintessential wine for mussels is a delicate, bone-dry French muscadet. If you can’t find that, an Italian pinot grigio will do fine.
• Fish broth can be substituted for the white wine.
• Slice the vegetables in a food processor fitted with a thin slicing blade.
• Start vegetables.
• While vegetables cook, wash mussels.
• Finish dish.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.
To buy: 1 medium onion, 1 small bunch celery, 4 plum tomatoes, 1 small bunch parsley, 4 pounds mussels, 1 bottle dry white wine, 1 French baguette.
Staples: Olive oil, garlic and black peppercorns.
Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of “Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.” Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer.