photo by Late Night Gourmet
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 2 lbs mussels
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 red onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 roma tomato, peeled, seeded and cut in large dice
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 2 tablespoons light butter
- Rinse the mussels under cold running water while scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Remove "beard" from each mussel. Tap any open mussels gently a few times: if they don't close, discard them. Discard any with broken shells.
- Heat oil in a 6 to 8-quart stockpot. Saute the onion, garlic, and thyme for at least 5 minutes. Add the mussels and give them a good toss. Add wine, lemon juice, chicken broth and red pepper flakes; cover the pot and steam over medium-high for 5 minutes until the mussels open.
- Toss in the tomato, parsley and butter, recover the pot, and steam for another minute to soften. Serve with rice and grilled garlic bread to sop up the broth.
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