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Mussels in Smoky Tomato Broth

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    Mussels in Smoky Tomato Broth

    Serves 4

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    No offence to the sweet, plump mussels, but the briny and smoky sauce is the real star of the show here. Make sure to serve with good quality crusty bread to sop up extra sauce.

    3 tsp (15 ml) unsalted butter
    3 tsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
    2 shallots, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    1 tsp (5 ml) fennel seeds (optional)
    1 cup (250 ml) dry white wine
    1 lb (450 g) tomatoes, about 3 medium-sized, finely chopped
    1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) white wine vinegar
    3/4 tsp (4 ml) smoked paprika
    1/4 tsp (1 ml) black pepper
    2 lb (1 kg) mussels, rinsed well
    1/3 cup (80 ml) coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    1/4 cup (60 ml) grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    Heat butter and oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until softened. If using fennel seeds, add them to frying pan and cook 30 seconds. Place wine, tomatoes, vinegar, smoked paprika and pepper in frying pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

    Add mussels to frying pan, cover, raise heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, or until shells have popped open. Discard any mussels that have not opened up. Stir in parsley and garnish with Parmesan, if desired.

    Each serving contains: 1348 kilojoules; 28 g protein; 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 15 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 653 mg sodium

    source: "One-Frying Pan Meals", alive Australia, Autumn 2015

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