Elegant Steamed Mussels

Oh, my.
This mussel recipe is the most succulent recipe I've created!

This recipe is a rich, elegant, dairy-free variation of a classic French preparation of mussels, which uses wine, broth, butter, butter and more butter. Recently, I was craving a rich, aromatic mussel recipe for dinner. . . no butter for me, thanks. I went to work to develop a recipe that had equal richness, but none of the dairy. This culmination has amazing balance and flavor, and it comes together in a snap.

We have a lovely little fish house in Durango, Flying Fish II. Nancy supplies our little town with fresh fish on Fridays, making elegant seafood dinners or fun sushi a Friday night staple in our house. I used a 2 pound, frozen package of Price Edward bearded, rope-cultured mussels for this recipe. Use fresh if you have access to an ocean!

Have a package of mussels waiting in your freezer when you really, really want to impress some guests.

Elegant Steamed Mussels
1 T. olive oil
1/4 c. onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, sliced very thinly
1 cup Homemade Turkey Stock (or canned checken broth)
1/2 cup white wine
2 T. Sherry (cooking wine)
1/4 c. coconut milk
2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 t. green curry paste
1/4 t. salt
pepper to taste
2 pounds mussels (you can purchase them frozen)
2 T. fresh basil, sliced thinly

In a large Dutch oven or pot large enough to hold your mussels (it must have a tight fitting lid for later), heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute thin slices of onion until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for a minute more.

Add the turkey stock, wine, sherry, coconut milk, lime juice, curry paste, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

Add the frozen mussels to the broth, stir to coat, and cover.
Steam the mussels or 5 minutes.

Ladle into large bowls, and enjoy as an appetizer or as a main course when served with sauteed greens and rice noodles or Shirataki noodles. Be sure to have plenty of good gluten-free bread toasted to sop up the amazing broth.


GF Baguette Tip: The most superior baguette available in most natural food stores' freezers are Against the Grain Baguettes. Their light, airy, totally french Baguette look, feel and taste could be life changing for you. These do contain dairy, so not everyone can enjoy these treats.