Do your mussels not taste right? Beer can solve the problem. Irish beer to be exact. Spice up your mussels diablo with some good ol' Irish beer, like Guinness.
In this how2heroes video you will see that mussels are easy to prepare and work well with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Marc Kadish of Sunset Grill & Tap offers up a spicy arrangement with full-bodied Irish beer and a tomato, herb and red pepper sauce. Add some crusty bread and a glass of cold beer. Ready in no time, it's a perfect appetizer for two or keep it all to yourself.
Serves 2 as an appetizer or 1 as a light meal
* 1 lb mussels, washed & beards pulled
* 6-8 oz Irish beer (or favorite full-bodied beer)
* 1 tsp garlic, chopped
* ¼ cup leeks, sliced thin on the bias
* ½ cup canned plum cherry tomatoes w/ ¼ cup of can juice (can use fresh tomatoes and add some juice)
* 1 tsp each fresh herbs - parsley, chives, chopped
* 1 tsp fresh basil, chiffonade (thin long strips)
* 1 stick butter
* 2 tsp crushed red pepper
* wedges of crusty bread
1. Heat a saute pan
2. Add mussels, leeks and beer
3. Cover immediately until mussels begin to open slightly, about 30 seconds
4. Add all other ingredients except butter
5. Toss and continue to cook until mussels are almost all open, about 3 minutes
6. Add butter and toss so sauce becomes smooth and velvety. If too thick, add more beer; if too thin, add more butter. Mussels should be completely open at this point
7. Garnish with wedges of crusty bread
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