Mejillones Picante al Vino Blanco
Spicy Mussels in White Wine Sauce
Spicy Mussels in White Wine Sauce!!!! Now these guys are just absolutely delicious! 😋
And once again, here I am bringing you another seafood appetizer! Of course! Can I ever lay off seafood appetizers?
At least maybe for a while? Or should I change the name to my blog to “Seafood Appetizers and More?!” 🤣
Here I’ve created a Mexican seafood appetizer with a fabulous Mexicali spicy twist…….
I’ve added very simple ingredients to create this exceptionally delectable Mexican appetizer.
They say garlic is one of those magic ingredients to most dishes and that is certainly a fact in my book. As it is in this recipe.
But there’s another spectacular ingredient that makes up this dish. Wanna take a guess what it is?? Come on take a guess?! 🤔
OKKKK………… give up?!
It’s the Serrano Pepper!!
For those of you that are not familiar with the heat of a serrano pepper, let me give you an idea….On the Scoville Scale a serrano pepper is at 10,000 to 23,000 Scoville Heat Unit.
Whereas a jalapeño is only at 2,500 to 8,000 SHU!
So for those of you that are familiar with serrano peppers, these guys are a little hotter.
But what is so nice about this Mexican appetizer is that the heat is quite subtle, it’s the kind of heat you actually want in this dish, it enhances the flavor of the mussels!
And for you spicy lovers out there, just add an extra serrano pepper to this dish and walla!!!
So what are all the ingredients??
- mussels (of course)
- white wine
- chicken broth
- serrano pepper
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
There you go, easy ingredients to get….and yet a superbly tasteful appetizer!
How to cook mussels?
Mussels can be cooked in several ways. You can boil them, steam them, bake them, add them to pasta dishes and the list goes on. But for this recipe, we are going to steam them with all the other ingredients. We want to infuse all these ingredients into the mussels. 🤩
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Spicy Mussels in White Wine Sauce
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||30 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Starter|
- 2 Pounds mussels (cleaned)
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 Cloves fresh garlic (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup white onion (chopped)
- 1/2 unsalted stick butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 lemon (quartered)
- 3 Tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 serrano
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
|Note: For Fresh Live Mussels|
Clean mussels of any algae with a small brush if needed.
Scrape barnacles if needed with a small knife (careful not to cut yourself!)
Remove any "beards" present.
Discard any cracked mussel shells as they are dead.
Note: If any mussels are open, tap with finger and if they close, they are still alive and good to eat, if they do not close, discard. This means they are dead.
Set mussels aside and place in refrigerator.
Second Note: If you use frozen mussels for this dish, normally it means they have been precooked and will already mostly be open. These are good, except I will still discard any cracked shells.
Just defrost in a small pot of water for a few minutes to remove ice. Drain water and now they are ready to use.
|To make Serrano Sauce: |
Rinse serrano pepper and remove stem.
Peel garlic clove and keep whole. Add the 1/4 cup olive oil, serrano pepper and garlic clove to a blender or chopper.
Blend until coarsely chopped.
|Peel and chop onion and the other two garlic cloves.|
|In a large skillet over medium heat, add serrano sauce mixture. Stir fry for 2 minutes. |
Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add butter and allow to melt.
Add chicken broth and white white and allow to cook for about 10 minutes over low to medium heat.
Finally add mussels, salt and pepper to taste and stir together with a spoon to mix well. Cook for another 7 minutes. Stir again.
Sprinkle cilantro over mussels. Discard any shells that never opened.
|Serve immediately in bowls, top with juices from skillet and serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!|
Do you love mussels as much as I do?