Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Steamed Mussels with Tomatoes and Corn

A bit of bacon makes these brothy steamed mussels a summer favorite! Figure a pound of mussels per person, or half of that for an appetizer portion.

Start by lightly browning a couple of slices of finely chopped bacon in a large heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add two thinly sliced scallions, a large chopped tomato, a tablespoon of tomato paste, an ear of corn removed from the cob, and two or three minced cloves of garlic.

Once the garlic is translucent, stir in a cup of clam stock and simmer lightly for ten minutes. If you won’t be eating them for a while, remove the pot from the heat and set aside until you’re ready. But if you’re serving immediately, turn up the heat to medium high and add two pounds of mussels.

Cover and cook until the shells have opened and the mussels are fully cooked, about five minutes. Serve over pasta or with a great baguette…with every last drop of the broth.

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