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Coconut Curried Mussels with Cauliflower

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 12 mussels, 1/2 cup broth, and 1/2 cup cauliflower)
Look for kaffir lime leaves at Asian markets, or substitute a teaspoon of grated lime rind. Shrimp paste is also available at Asian markets and freezes well. The homemade curry paste is worth making: It offers the best flavor and is much lower in sodium than commercial pastes.

Ingredients

  • Curry paste:
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced peeled fresh lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • Mussels:
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 48 mussels (about 2 pounds), scrubbed and debearded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced Thai basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Nutrition Information

  • calories 196
  • fat 6.2 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 18.7 g
  • carbohydrate 17.8 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 34 mg
  • iron 6.1 mg
  • sodium 468 mg
  • calcium 66 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare curry paste, combine first 11 ingredients in a mortar or bowl; grind with a pestle until mixture forms a smooth paste.

  2. To prepare mussels, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add cauliflower; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in curry paste, stock, and milk; bring to a boil. Add mussels; cover, and simmer 5 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any unopened shells. Stir in lime juice and herbs. Spoon into shallow bowls; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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