This is something sort of different for us. I’ve never cooked mussels before, but when I was choosing a recipe to make from Steamy Kitchen’s new book, I felt like trying something outside my comfort zone. I also knew Jack would never expect this, and I like to surprise him every now and then.
Surprise… mussels are so easy. 6 ingredients and about 5 minutes later we had perfectly steamed mussels in a fancy aromatic sake broth. I made some soba noodles to go along with them (and to soak up more of the broth – no sake goes to waste in our house).
From Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair
- 2 pounds fresh mussels
- 11/2 cups sake or dry white wine
- 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 shallot, sliced into very thin rings
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
- Scrub the mussels under cool water, discarding any with broken or cracked shells.
- Heat a large sauté pan, deep soup pot, or wok over high heat with the sake, ginger, garlic, and shallots. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the mussels and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the mussels open.
- Toss in the basil and serve immediately.
Reprinted with permission from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.