Mussels with Spicy Vodka Tomato Sauce
- serves 1
A great dish to put together for parties or appetizers with friends.
Courtesy of Dan Clapson of Dan's Good Side
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(s) fresh mussels
1 Tbsp 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!