ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mussels in Tomato, White Wine and Anisette Broth

Updated on March 3, 2012

Don't Be Intimidated By Preparing Mussels at Home

The cold winter months is definitely the time to buy and enjoy mussels. They thrive in cold waters and can be brought fresh directly from the fishing boat to the store to your table. A lot of people are intimidating by the thought of preparing mussels at home but its not nearly as hard as you imagine. In fact, its pretty simple and quick. One of my favorite recipes is from James Peterson from his book Cooking. But, I've been told by many of my foody friends that nobody's mussels hold a candle to mine.

The Secret Ingredient

The secret ingredient in this recipe is the Pastis. Pastis is a liquor made from distilling anise seeds and licorice and is very popular in France, Italy and Spain. You should be able to find it in any liquor store but if you can't, Sambuca, Ouzo or Anisette would also work equally as well. Treat yourself to a bottle though, its worth it! In fact, it would go wonderfully as a pre-dinner cocktail at a dinner party. It's easy enough to make. Add a couple fingers of Pastis to a small glass, add some ice cubes and fill up to about 2/3 full with ice cold water. Give it a stir. It'll turn cloudy then its ready to enjoy.

Now on to the recipe!

The preparation and cooking time will run about 40 minutes, less if you chop fast. This recipe will easily feed 4 as a main course or 6 to 8 as an appetizer.

Ingredients for Mussels with White Wine, Pastis and Tomato Broth

  • A couple good glugs of Olive Oil
  • 1 Kilo or a little over lbs. of Fresh Mussels
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, coarsely chopped
  • 4-5 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Can of pealed whole tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine (dry)
  • 1/2 Cup Pastis or Anisette
  • 1 Flat tbs. Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Small Bunch of Fresh Basil Leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 2 tbs. unsalted butter


Onions, and Bell Peppers Sautéing
Onions, and Bell Peppers Sautéing
The Broth once all but the final ingredients have been added
The Broth once all but the final ingredients have been added

First, assemble all of your ingredients. Once you've finished chopping and starting cooking it all goes pretty quickly. Pour the olive oil into a LARGE sauté pan, set the heat to medium and add the onions. Let them cook until they start to turn translucent. Then, add the bell peppers and sauté for another minute or two before you add the can of tomatoes, garlic, ginger, white wine and sugar. You'll want this to slowly simmer, not boil.

As soon as you've added those ingredients turn your mussels out from their package into a large sieve and set them in the sink. Blast them with lots of cold running water for about 3-4 minutes. When you've finished rinsing the mussels, give them a good shake to get rid of any excess tap water and add them to the broth you have simmering on the stove. Continue to simmer the mussels until most of them have opened. While they're simmering you'll want to give them a couple of good stirs to make sure they all have equal access to the heat at the bottom of the pan. This should only take about 4-6 minutes. Then, add the Pastis, butter and ribbons of fresh basil. Stir just enough to evenly distribute the new ingredients and taste for seasoning. If it still needs salt and pepper, then this is the time to add them. Though, I find that this is one of the few dishes that I don't add salt and pepper to because the mussels actually are holding salt water in their shells which is released into the broth when they open. Make sure to pick out and discard any mussels that didn't open, turn out into a big bowl and Enjoy!

Serve with lots of crusty bread and spoons.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • edelhaus profile imageAUTHOR

      edelhaus 

      6 years ago from Munich, Germany

      Thank you. Let me know how you like it :-)

    • Marisaupa profile image

      Marisaupa 

      6 years ago

      This seems like an absolutely delicious dish. I've sampled Pastis, but never used it in a food recipe. I will definitely try this out next weekend.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)