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Spicy Mussels with Capellini and Fresh Herb Pasta in White Wine Broth

Mussels

Happy Friday Y’all! As promised, here is the wonderful recipe that I am so excited to share for Spicy Mussels with Capellini and Fresh Herb Pasta in White Wine. Our family loves seafood and in my meal planning efforts, I include at least one dish that involves seafood each week. Mussels may sound expensive but they really are quite affordable. They also are an extremely sustainable food and because most are farmed, you can find them pretty much all year around.  Mussels typically take less than 8 minutes to cook which makes them even more appetizing to a busy Momma like myself.

There are a few things to remember when buying and preparing mussels. If you have never made shellfish before, I have included some links below that are great resources to read prior to getting started.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mussel#Harvest

http://localfoods.about.com/od/shellfishrecipes/tp/About-Mussels.htm

What you will need:

  • A really large skillet with high sides.
  • 2 pounds fresh mussels
  • 4 strips of Jalapeno bacon- sliced into 1/4 strips
  • 4 garlic cloves- minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Campari tomatoes- quartered
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion- diced
  • 1 cup fresh herbs chopped, basil, cilantro, oregano dill
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pound Capellini pasta
  • shredded parmesan cheese- as much as you would like
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

How to prepare the dish:

Heat the large skillet over medium heat. Add the jalapeno bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel, leaving the grease in the pan.

Sauté the onion in the bacon grease and cook until translucent. About 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Cooking for 5 minutes. Stir in fennel seeds, lemon juice, pinch of salt, white wine and about a teaspoon each of the oregano and basil. Simmer lightly for 5 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering on the stove, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Capellini cooks very quickly. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot that it was cooked in. Drizzle the olive oil over the pasta and gently toss until coated. Add the remaining chopped herbs and parmesan cheese. Set to the side.

Prepare the mussels for their grand performance by washing them thoroughly with cold water and removing their “beards”. Once you have done this, they are ready for the skillet where the lovely broth awaits. Just pour them right in with the broth, cover, and allow to steam for 8 minutes.

(After this, if any mussels remain unopened, discard immediately. Do not eat them).

Serving the meal:

I like to use some great Fiesta Ware pasta bowls that we have for this because of the size. But you could use any large bowl as long as it has sides that can hold the broth.

Just put a little bit of the fresh herb pasta in the middle, surround it with mussels, and ladle the delicious white wine broth all over the top. Garnish with the reserved crispy jalapeno bacon and serve with crusty bread of your choice. A nice baguette would work beautifully. And don’t forget to serve the white wine that is remaining in that bottle along side your meal.

Grilled Citrus Dill Salmon with Balsam Calamansi Honey Glaze & Asparagus with Lemon, Sorrel, White Wine, Butter Sauce

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Grilled Citrus Dill Salmon with Calamansi Balsam Honey Glaze & Asparagus with Lemon, Sorrel, White Wine, Butter Sauce served with a side of buttered Dutch Yukon Gold Potatoes.  Heaven.

The other day as I was strolling through our local specialty food market admiring all of the  in season veggies and herbs, when I stumbled across sorrel.  It was beautifully displayed with the other fresh herbs from a local grower.  I was so excited to find this particular herb as I have been looking for it for some time.  Sorrel was mentioned in a Scottish cookbook that was gifted to me a few years ago as a lemony and fragrant leafy-type herb.  I have been dying to try it!  So, naturally I couldn’t help but to pick some up.  And it just so happened on that particular day, my sweet husband stopped by a “new” specialty store by his office to check it out and came home bearing gifts.  Calamansi Balsam Vinegar (exotic vinegar), Basil infused olive oil and a Highland Scotch.  What a lucky girl am I?!  Well now the task of figuring out what the heck to make with such an uncommon ingredients for us Texans.  What better pairing than with fish?  Salmon and asparagus was a natural choice but it is also a favorite with my family.  Here is what you will need:

Grilled Citrus Dill Salmon

  • Salmon Filet, large enough to feed 6 people
  • Citrus Dill Salmon Rub packet by Colorado Spice Company. http://www.coloradospice.com/

Balsam Calamansi Honey Glaze

  • 2 tbsp. Balsam Calamansi Vinegar;  http://www.vomfassusa.com/
  • 1 tbsp. Lavender Honey
  • 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Lemon, Sorrel, White Wine, Butter Sauce

  • 1 pound Asparagus, trimmed and steamed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. sorrel, ribbon cut (chiffonade)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 dry white wine

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These spice packets are commonly found at many grocery stores and are a great go-to choice for seasoning different seafood and meats.  This Citrus Dill Salmon Rub is extremely flavorful.

Place the salmon filet in a large 9″x13″ glass dish.  Sprinkle generously with the rub.  Cover with cellophane wrap.  Put in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill.  Approximately 1 hour.

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To make the Balsam Calamansi Honey Glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together the Balsam Calamansi Vinegar, Lavender Honey, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Set aside.

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There may not be a Vom Fass store near you but they are also available online.  I would encourage you to take a peek at their website at http://www.vomfassusa.com/ to see all of the wonderful products.  It will truly broaden your culinary experience right in your own home.

Grilling the salmon filet:

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Preheat the grill to 350 degrees.  Using a grill pan, apply a small coating of olive oil directly underneath where the salmon filet will be cooking to prevent sticking.  Drizzle the Balsam Calamansi Honey Glaze over the top of the salmon and allow to cook until flakey.  About 20 minutes or so.

While you are waiting for the salmon to finish on the grill…have a nice glass of chilled white wine.  A Vinho Verde or the like would be a great pairing.  You can use this same wine to add to the butter sauce.

Steam the prepared asparagus until bright green and tender.  Set aside until ready to plate.

I also decided to boil some Yukon Dutch Potatoes at this time.  And stirred in a bit of butter, olive oil, salt and pepper.

It is time to make the Lemon, Sorrel, White Wine, Butter Sauce for the asparagus.

Melt the butter in a skillet on the stove top at medium heat.  Add the lemon juice, white wine, and sorrel.  Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Drizzle over the asparagus once plated.

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Just in case you were wondering…

Common sorrel or garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa), often simply called sorrel, is a perennial herb in the family Polygonaceae. Other names for sorrel include spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock. It is a common plant in grassland habitats and is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable (pot herb). “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorrel

The sorrel was delicious and definitely something that I will be using again in my kitchen.  Maybe in a soup next time!

Grilled Citrus Dill Salmon

Plating this simple but elegant meal is the key to making it seem more fancy than just any ole average salmon and asparagus dinner.  The Grilled Citrus Dill Salmon with the Balsam Calamansi Honey Glaze and the asparagus is divine on it’s own but with the Lemon, Sorrel, White Wine, Butter Sauce, it is Heaven.  Sprinkle some extra chopped dill over the plate and add a thin slice of lemon.  Bon Appetite Y’all!