Drunken Mussels

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1lemon, zested
  • 2 cups white wine
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 slices bread, grilled
  • 2lemon wedges for garnish
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add garlic and let sizzle for about 30 seconds. Season with red pepper flakes and lemon zest, stirring for about 45 seconds.

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  • Step 2

    Quickly pour in wine into the pan and season with black pepper. Bring sauce to a boil, stir in mussels, and cover immediately. Shake pot and let boil for 1 minute.

  • Step 3

    Stir mussels, replace cover, and let boil for 2 more minutes. The shells will begin to open. Stir in parsley, cover pot, and cook until all shells are open, 1 to 3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Serve with grilled bread and lemon wedge.

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