When it comes to feeding a crowd at short notice, mussels are cheap, quick to cook, and delicious. They are easy to dress up to look a million bucks. Using frozen prepackaged mussels meals (tomato or white wine varieties) eliminates cleaning, scrubbing and de-bearding. Simply give these frozen meals a boost by making a broth of fresh garlic, basil, tomato and white wine sauce for it. The broth is good on its own, but the steamed mussels make a wonderful addition. Serve with lots of crusty bread or pasta for a hearty, substantial meal.
:: Frozen pre-packaged mussels (Tip: ALDI $2.50 per package)
:: Garlic, chopped
:: White wine
:: Can of diced tomatoes
:: Basil, chopped
:: Sauteed garlic in olive oil until translucent and fragrant.
:: Add diced tomatoes and white wine.
:: Add mussels to the pan to steam. Cover tightly for about 10 minutes.
:: Discard any mussels that did not open fully.
:: Serve with baguette or over pasta.