|Mussels and Chorizo|
I have always had an aversion to cooking shell fish. Actually, I don't like cooking shell fish or lobster or anything that starts out alive! I thought of skipping this week, but I thought this was a perfect time to overcome my fear. Mussels are a favorite of my husbands, he usually orders them when we go out. A few years ago, when we were in Holland, he ordered a huge bucket of mussels, and had no problem finishing them by himself!
My aunt is partly responsible for my phobia. She once told me a story of her first time cooking a lobster. It was not pretty! It had something to do with the live lobster being put into cold water and being brought to a boil! See what I mean....not pretty!
It was time to overcome my fear of shell fish so, while I was shopping, I picked up the mussels and all the other ingredients for the Mussels and Chorizo. I had my husband wash and clean the mussels as I chopped all the veggies. This dish went together so easily! First heating the oil in a large Dutch oven, then adding the bell pepper, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook this for about 5 minutes then add the tomatoes and Chorizo. I used a spiced smoked sausage because I couldn't find Chorizo. Cook for a few more minutes and add the mussels and white wine. Cover and cook for a few more minutes, till the mussels open. Once they open, serve immediately! I decided to serve this with some crusty bread. This turned out to be a perfect Valentine's Day meal! We both enjoyed it and I overcame my fear of cooking shell fish.
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table". The recipe can also be found here. To see what other French Friday bloggers are doing check it out here.
|Everything chopped and ready to go|
|Such a lovely Valentine's Day dinner|
|We really enjoyed this dish...it will be making many more appearances on our table|