Drunken Mussels

I am currently obsessed with Shellfish.. all thanks to my trip to NOLA last November where I tried raw and charbroiled oysters for the first time and fell in love… which led me to start being more adventurous in my food ventures.. Whenever I go out to a restaurant it’s a must that I order it.. So, I thought I would share this recipe that I threw together the other night. It was quick, easy, and it was absolutely delicious (not to toot my own horn.. toot toot.) I typically cook my sea food with white wine however this time I substituted it with beer and it was super flavorful..

Ingredients:

2 lbs Live Mussels

1lb Sweet Italian Sausage Patties (or sausage meat not in the casing)

1 bottle of beer (I used bluemoon but whatever you have in the fridge)

1 loosely packed cup of fresh Parsley

Zest of 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

Salt 

Ground Pepper

Garlic

Olive Oil

Directions;

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot.

Add ground sausage cook until brown

Add two tablespoons of minced garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes.

Pour in bottle of beer

Stir

Add Live mussels

Add zest of 1/2 lemon

Add  Parsley

Add red pepper flakes

Add salt and ground black pepper

Stir

Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove mussels that did not open

Serve with warm fresh bread for dipping .. :):)

Voila  Drunken Mussels 

   

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