Delicious. Friends loved it and it was easy to make. The sausage makes a big difference. Use good chorizo or smoked sausage for the best flavor.
Mussels with Red Pepper and Chorizo
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Spicy sausage and paprika season a richly flavored one-bowl meal.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
- 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.
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