I was hungry for mussels the other night and could not find a recipe that I liked in any of my cooking books, so I improvised and added ingredients that I had on hand and that I also like. I have to say it came out pretty good.
Clean and scrub the fresh mussels in cold water, discard the open ones that after you tap them with a knife they would not close.
Add the butter to the pan and saute onions, garlic, procciutto ham and saffron threads For about 5-10 minutes at med temperature. Add 1 teaspoons of hot sauce.
Add the wine to the pot and mix well, then add the mussels with the parsley and basil (mix well) and tomatoes over; cook for 5 minutes at med-high temperature. Stir and remove open mussels (leave the closed ones in the pot for additional 1-2 minutes; if they do not open, discard them).
Add shrimp and cook for few minutes until pink; remove them also.
Make a roux with cornstarch and cream whisked slowly into the pot containing the wine mixture until it thickens up, test for salt and pepper and add the sherry to it; whisk well and return mussels and shrimp back to pot, heat up for about 5-10 minutes at medium to medium low temperature.
Serve with your choice of pasta (I prefer Linguini or Rigatoni).
This also can be served as is, with no pasta, just use less cornstarch in cream (not to thicken the sauce) and serve in a bowl with nice crusty bread.