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Directions for: Mussels with Spicy Vodka Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1 Tbsp butter

2 clove garlic

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 12 ½ oz can tomatoes

2 Tbsp vodka

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cane sugar

1 12 ½ oz can artichoke hearts, drained, quartered

1 meyer lemon, zest and juice

1 lb. fresh mussels

1 Tbsp fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

warm bread (for soaking up the sauce; optional)

Directions

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!

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