Hot and Spicy Mussels

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Ingredients

3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cored, seeded, and chopped sweet red peppers
1/4 to 1/2 tsp (1 to 2 mL) red pepper flakes
1 can (16 oz/500g) Italian plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped with their juice
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil, crumbled
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sugar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
4 lbs (2 kgs) mussels or 3 dozen littleneck clams in their shells, prepared for cooking
1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped parsley

Directions

In a 4-quart Dutch oven or heavy kettle over moderate heat, heat oil 1 minute. Add onion, garlic, red peppers, and pepper flakes and sauté until soft — about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, salt, basil, thyme, sugar, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to moderately low, and cook, covered, until sauce thickens — about 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Add mussels, increase the heat to moderately high and cook, covered, until mussels open — about 5 minutes. Discard mussels that have not opened. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with hot crusty bread.

Makes 4 servings

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Imported on 2011-01-20 16:41:26 — Original ID:691

Hot and Spicy Mussels