Mussels in Hard Cider and Cream Sauce
I always like to learn something new about cooking. One night my daughter and I went to take a cooking class with our local chef. It was a sea food cooking class where we learned how properly clean and cook varies sea creatures. I like mussels but never tried to cook them at home and taking this class was a big help to my new seafood cooking experience. I learned that when you select fresh mussels you need to look for closed shells only and also smell is a big factor when selecting the mussels. It does not have to have strong fishy smell. This weekend I decided to make it for my family and it went very well with a fresh baguette. I believe that this recipe can be a great appetizer for next week’s Super Bowl party.
For two servings you will need:
• 1/2 pound of mussels
• about 3/4 cup of hard cider
• 4 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
• 1 leek onion sliced
• 3 tablespoons butter
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 baguette for dipping
• handful of fresh chopped cilantro
Run your mussels for few minutes under water to clean out all unnecessary sand. Make sure that all of your mussels are closed if not like it is shown bellow
try to press on it with two fingers if it start closing it means it is still alive and good for cooking. If it will not close, you better get rid of it in order to prevent your family from food poisoning. Then run your fingers along the shell, you will feel like a small thread hanging there, this is a part of the mussel tentacles, pull it out. Repeat this with each mussel.
In a deep skillet melt butter. Add sliced leek and cook it for few minutes.
Add hard cider and then place your cleaned mussels.
Cook them for another few minutes until all shells open up. Mussels which shells will not open has to be discarded.
Add the whipping cream and let it cook again for about 3-4 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Before serving sprinkle your chopped cilantro on top of your mussels and it is ready to be served!
Yummy the smell of this dish will make your mouth water!
Try dipping your baguette into the sauce and you feel what heaven feels like!