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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Steamed Mussels with Smoked Sausage in Tomato Broth

This simple, one-pot dish can be served as an appetizer or first-course soup for four, or as a light dinner for two to three. The fresh-tomato base cooks down rich and savory with smoked sausage and a bit of sherry—making a flavor-loaded broth for the mussels to steam in.

Serves 2-4

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 4-inch piece of smoked sausage, cut lengthwise in half, then thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 8 oz grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb mussels, scrubbed, beards removed
  • chopped tarragon or flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Mussels and Sausage 
Sliced Sausage
Sliced Tomatoes
  1. Heat a wide, deep pot over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until browned in spots, 5 minutes.
  2. Add the scallions and garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, broth, sherry, and tomato paste and season with salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the tomatoes begin to break down, 7-8 minutes.
  4. Add the mussels, re-cover the pot, and simmer until the mussels open, 3-5 minutes. (Discard any that do not open.)
Sausage Beginning to Cook
Scallions and Garlic Added
Tomato Mixture Added
Cooked Sauce
Mussels Added
To serve, divide between 2 shallow bowls and garnish with chopped tarragon or parsley.

Steamed Mussels with Smoked Sausage in Tomato Broth

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