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Chile-Steamed Mussels with Green Olive Crostini
© Lucy Schaeffer

Chile-Steamed Mussels with Green Olive Crostini

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  1. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  3. 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  4. 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  5. 2 jalapeños, seeded and thinly sliced
  6. 1 habanero, seeded and thinly sliced
  7. 2 cups dry white wine
  8. 1 cup tomato sauce
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  10. 4 pounds black mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  11. 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  12. Green Olive Crostini, for serving
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and habanero. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and boil over high heat for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add the mussels, cover and cook, shaking the pot a few times until the mussels open, about 5 minutes; discard any that don't open. Divide the mussels and broth among 8 bowls; sprinkle with scallions and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Because good sparkling wine cuts through heat, it's an ideal pairing with spicy foods.

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