This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of the Mussel Industry Council of Prince Edward Island. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mussels are one of the easiest dishes to make at home as either an appetizer or an entree. Chorizo Mussels are a fabulous choice with a broth so tasty, you might actually want to make it just for bread dipping!
Chorizo Mussels are succulent, luscious tender mussels in a savory butter, chorizo wine sauce. Crusty bread is a must!
You can even serve this tasty mussel pot over pasta as an entree. One thing is for sure, make certain you have some crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious, sweet broth!
Spanish chorizo lends a smoky flavor and pairs beautifully with a sweet white or sparkling wine. For my Chorizo PEI Mussel Pot, I used a half-drank bottle from the night before that had lost its bubbles.
Since we live in a “no champagne left behind” household, I opted to substitute it for my usual sweet white (like a Riesling) and it was super tasty!
If you do not cook with alcohol, you can use a cooking wine, which generally contains little to no alcohol or substitute water.
Another benefit to having plenty of mussel recipes on hand? They are nutritious and low in calories, making them ideal for those leading a healthy lifestyle and wanting to cut down fat without losing flavor.
Cooking mussels at home can be intimidating to some folks, but it is actually really easy. Here are a few simple steps to ensure perfect mussels every time!
- Start with Prince Edward Island Mussels. They are known for being consistently delicious, sustainably farmed and affordable. The tag on your bag of mussels will tell you where they were caught. Look for the code “PE” to signify Prince Edward Island.
- Mussels should be prepared within a few days of purchasing. Store them on ice or in the refrigerator with the bag open. Remember, they are still living and need to breathe to stay good. Don’t suffocate them.
- Rinse them in cold water. scrubbing their shells with a potato brush to remove any debris or seaweed. Discard any mussels with broken shells or that are already open prior to steam.
- Do not oversteam your mussels. People tend to want to steam little longer to “make sure they are done,” but this can also ruin your meal. Mussels are done when the shells are open, which only takes about 4-5 minutes. Which also makes them one of the quickest meals out there!
I know you will LOVE Prince Edward Island Mussels and find so many new ways to make them. One of my favorites is to make this exact recipe, but take all of the mussels out of the shell and serve it over linguine as a pasta dish. Yum!
For more information about Prince Edward Island Mussels, mussel recipes and more, please visit their website at PEImussels.com.
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Chorizo PEI Mussels
- 3 pounds PEI mussels scrubbed and soaked (see instructions above)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 4 links Spanish Chorizo cooked, casings removed and crumbled
- 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 green bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 cup white wine or sparkling wine
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Crusty Bread for serving, optional
- Combine all ingredients except mussels and bread in a large, heavy bottom Dutch oven or high sided pot.
- Bring to a boil and add mussels to steam, covering tightly with a lid.
- Keep covered for 4-5 minutes or until mussels have opened. Pour into a large serving bowl, making sure broth overs the mussels.
- Serve with fresh bread.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know!