Mussels are another dish that bring me back to my childhood. Growing up, I lived in northern New Jersey, where the pizza is good and plentiful. You could also order decent mussels from any pizza place. I would stay at my grandmother’s house at the Jersey shore in the summer.
It was a Friday night ritual to have pizza and mussels from the local pizza place. The best part was soaking up the wonderful broth with a hearty piece of Italian bread or some extra pizza dough crust.
My nana and grandpa would drink their red table wine while I had some ginger ale. This was a big treat, as soda wasn’t seen often on the dinner table. Now that I am an adult, I love enjoying my bowl of mussels with a glass of wine.
Before I cooked my own mussels, I always thought they were lots of work. But in actuality, they are an easy dinner. I buy PEI mussels and they are so free of sand and grit that all I have to do is rinse them. I make a quick tomato type broth and the mussels get steamed in less than five minutes.
If you eat in restaurants, you might have noticed that mussels are on many menus. They are the latest rage and are served with different sauces. They are also popular served with French fries. Why not make your own? It’s the perfect quick weeknight meal for the whole family.