Steamed Mussels with Tarragon
- TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8 to 10
One of the first recipes that star chef Tom Colicchio learned to cook, when he was about 13, was a version of these steamed mussels, packed with tomatoes and fresh tarragon.
- 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, cored
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 4 pounds mussels, rinsed and debearded
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sambal oelek or other Asian chile sauce
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon, plus leaves for garnish
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Crusty bread, for serving
- In a large saucepan of boiling water, blanch the tomatoes until the skins just start to wrinkle, about 45 seconds. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. Peel the tomatoes and coarsely chop them.
- In the large saucepan, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil until shimmering. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat until softened, 4 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil, then stir in the mussels. Cover and steam until they just start to open. Stir in the tomatoes, cover and cook, shaking the pan, until the mussels are open, 3 to 5 minutes longer; discard any that don’t open. Stir in the vinegar, sambal oelek and chopped tarragon and season with salt and pepper. Pile the mussels and tomatoes in a large serving bowl and pour in the juices from the pan. Drizzle with olive oil, garnish with tarragon leaves and serve with crusty bread.
Minerally Sauvignon Blanc is a nice accompaniment to these vibrant mussels.