I've had a craving for mussels ever since our trip to Oregon this summer. They're kinda' hard to miss because of the way light catches the color of their shells in various locations along the coast. These little beauties thrive on the Oregon coast but are best harvested during the cooler months of the year so a feast of them wasn't in the cards this summer.
Our local Albertson's has an amazing seafood selection and we purchased a sackful beauties yesterday during our weekly shopping trip. Hat's off to the manager of the seafood department as she very carefully hand picked a couple of pounds of the best she had.
There's absolutely nothing complicated about cooking up a batch of mussels, particularly this recipe from Anne Burrell of Foodnetwork fame. Sauteed onions, lots of garlic, a touch of bay and thyme and a bottle of Soave (which was a perfect choice) minus a glass for the cook, make up the cooking liquid for our mollusks. Five and a half minutes from the second they hit pot and they were in our bowls, along with all that flavorful juice but that's not all people.
The thing that puts these beauties over the top is a roasted red pepper aioli with an incredibly smooth and luscious garlic flavor, spiced up in our case with a couple of good squeezes of Sriracha and drizzled over each glistening bowl. It's the icing on the cake so to speak and the perfect excuse for devouring a loaf of crusty bread for dipping.
Incredible, mind blowing flavor and so simple too. Incidentally, the aioli recipe makes about two cups of glory so plan to utilize this lovely mayonnaise as a sauce for darn near anything you can think of. It'll make a perfect accompaniment to any vegetables, or shrimp, fish or chicken and will be darned incredible on pasta too.
I didn't change a thing - except to add a little more garlic, used Sriracha instead of Sambal Oelek in the aioli and snuck a glass of wine from the bottle, so hit the link above and head for the recipe. Believe me, you won't be sorry.
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