This past Valentine’s I decided I wanted to cook a dinner that I know we don’t typically have. So, I thought, what better than mussels?! I actually had never cooked mussels in my life. I had cleaned them and had seen them cooked a million times to be confident enough to think I knew how to make mussels. On top of that, not only had I never cooked mussels but I wanted to make up my own recipe and not follow one from online or in a cookbook. Luckily for me, and my husband, they turned out awesome!!!
- 8 oz of cooked French fries
- 12 oz of a light beer such as a lager
- 1 pound of fresh mussels
- 4 oz of chorizo
- ½ cup of diced white onion
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ¼ cup of chicken stock (or seafood stock)
- ¼ tsp of Old Bay Seasoning
- ¼ tsp of Paprika
- Chopped parsley for garnish
- 2 tbsp butter
- Salt and Pepper
Begin by cleaning your mussels. You want to make sure you scrub them really well and remove the beard along the edge. Make sure you throw out any dead mussels. To test to see if they are dead: if you notice a mussel is cracked open, tap it against your counter and if it slowly shuts then it is still alive and good to cook. If it does not close, do not use it.
Next, cook your fries. I just used regular frozen fries and followed the cooking instructions on the packaging.
While your fries are cooking, in a large pot or Dutch oven melt your butter on medium high heat. Once melted add in your onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until they are softened. Then, add in your chorizo and garlic and break up the meat in the pan. Cook until the chorizo is cooked all the way through, about 7-8 minutes. Add in your beer and stock (I used chicken stock because I had it in the pantry but seafood stock would be just as good). Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it has reached a boil add in your paprika and Old Bay seasoning. Next add in your mussels and cover your pot with a tight-fitting lid. Let them cook and steam until they open, about 6-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If there are any mussels that haven’t opened, toss them out.
Ladle your broth in deep bowls and then add in your cooked fries. The fries act like a sponge and will soak up all the yummy broth! Top the broth and fries with as many mussels as you would like. Garnish with chopped parsley.