my go-to fancy dinner recipe

Whenever I want to spoil myself, or look fancy for my boyfriend or mom, I have one recipe that I always go back to. I love that it’s so quick (under 30 minutes), easy (you probably have most of the ingredients already), quite inexpensive, and best of all: it’s finger-licking good (literally).

My recipe for buttery, garlicky drunken mussels, served with lightly toasted bread and roasted broccoli:

Serves 2. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook/bake time: 20 minutes.

What you need:

  • 2-pound bag of mussels
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups white wine
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lemon
  • loaf of sourdough bread
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • olive oil

Step 1. Start with the broccoli, as that will take the longest to cook.

Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Once you’ve cut up the broccoli into bite-size pieces, wash and dry them completely. Lightly toss in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place on a baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes.

Step 2. Prepare sauce for mussels.

Heat butter in a large pot. As it melts, start preparing the mussels.

Step 3. Debeard and clean mussels.

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This means to gently pull out the little furry hairlike strands from the shell. Then, rinse with cold water to clean. If any shells are broken or don’t close up after you start handling them, that means they’re probably dead already. Throw those out!

Step 4. Heat bread.

Depending on the size of your loaf of bread, you’ll want to put it in the oven so it has enough time to lightly toast as the mussels and broccoli finish up. You can place the loaf directly on the oven rack.

Step 5. Finish up sauce and add mussels.

Add garlic to the large pot and let sizzle for a few seconds. Add red pepper flakes. Stir and let sizzle for 1 minute. Pour in wine, squeeze your half lemon into the sauce, and sprinkle in pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and stir in mussels immediately, then cover for 1 minute.

Step 6. Stir mussels and replace cover.

Let boil for 3-5 more minutes, until all shells are open, stirring every two minutes.

Step 7. Serve mussels with butter sauce, bread, and roasted broccoli on the side.

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Voila!

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Hope you like this recipe. And make sure to let me know your mussels turned out!

xo

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