Mussels with Spicy Vodka Tomato Sauce

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  • prep time 0 min
  • total time 0 min
  • serves 1 large pan
Mussels with Spicy Vodka Tomato Sauce

A great dish to put together for parties or appetizers with friends. Courtesy of Dan Clapson of Dan's Good Side

Appetizer, Easy, Party Favourites, Tomatoes, Spring


1 tablespoon butter

2 cloves garlic

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 12 ½ ounce can tomatoes

2 tablespoons vodka

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cane sugar

1 12 ½ ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, quartered

1 meyer lemon, zest and juice

1 pound fresh mussels

1 tablespoon fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

warm bread (for soaking up the sauce; optional)


1. Start by melting the butter in a large pan. Add in the garlic and chopped onion and cook on medium-high heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Next, pour in the canned tomatoes, vodka, cayenne, paprika and sugar. Bring to a simmer, reduce to medium heat and let cook,uncovered, for 20 minutes.

2. After simmering, add the chopped artichoke hearts, lemon zest and juice to the sauce and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. After 5 minutes, season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Finally, turn to medium-high heat, toss in the mussels, cover and cook until the shellfish pop open, about 3-4 minutes. Pour the piping hot mussels and sauce into a large serving platter and devour with friends. So good!

See more: Appetizer, Easy, Party Favourites, Tomatoes, Spring

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