5 servings (serving size: about 2 ounces fish, 2/3 cup broth mixture, and about 8 mussels)
Photo: Oxmoor House
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup minced fresh onion or shallots
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 bay leaf
1 pound grouper or other firm white fish fillets, cut into pieces
1 1/2 pounds small mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes. Add wine and next 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nestle fish into tomato mixture; top with mussels. Cover and cook 8 minutes; gently shake pan twice to stir mussels (do not lift lid). Discard bay leaf and any unopened shells. Sprinkle with parsley.
It's important to scrub each mussel to remove any sand or dirt on the shell. Just hold it under cool running water, and scrub each shell with a stiff-bristled brush, such as a vegetable brush. Then grab the byssal threads (or beard) with your fingers, and pull them out, tugging toward the hinge of the shell.