Mussels with Red Pepper and Chorizo

Coastal Living
Mussels with Red Pepper and ChorizoRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spicy sausage and paprika season a richly flavored one-bowl meal.

Makes 4 servings


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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (3 1/2-ounce) cured chorizo sausage, casing removed, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin, short strips
1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges


Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo, and sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Add wine, paprika, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Increase heat to medium-high, and add mussels. Cover and cook 2 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any that do not open. Stir in cilantro. Spoon mussels, sauce, and vegetables into 4 shallow serving bowls. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Pour: Citrusy whites pair well with spicy foods. For this dish, Edward Peterman of Domaine Select Wine Estates suggests Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavio.

Created date

September 2008