Pickled Mussels


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  • Servings: 4 to 6
KEY: Pickling, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, New Year's Eve, Spanish, Appetizers/starters, Make Ahead

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  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons minced carrot
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • Crusty bread, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped chives
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (pimentón de la Vera)

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the mussels until they start to open, 20 to 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to a bowl. Remove the mussels from their shells; discard any mussels that do not open. Cover and refrigerate the mussels. Strain the accumulated mussel juices into a small bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot and garlic and cook over moderately low heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the mussel juices and cook over moderate heat until reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Stir in the sherry vinegar, thyme, rosemary, pimentón, chives and orange zest and season with salt. Transfer the marinade to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour the marinade over the mussels, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 8 hours. Spoon the mussels into small bowls and top with the parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Suggested Pairing

Bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.

Contributed By Photo © David Malosh Published March 2011

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