GFE New Year's Eve Special ft Mussels/and Clams with White Wine Sauce
Happy New Year Everyone!!!! I just wanna take some time and wish everyone a very happy and blessed New year's. I want to thank all who are my friends on here for being so wonderful to me and to those who follow me but I'm less acquainted with.
My dad had a thing for mussels and clams...He would make it for New Year's most of the time. We had taken a break from doing it, but this year mom decided to restart that tradition. She told my sister and I that she wanted mussels in white wine the Italian way or else!
2 cups white wine (use Sauvignon Blanc)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of fresh parsley and basil (not separate but combined like 1/6 cups of parsely and 1/6 basil....)
4 pounds of mussels (we did 1 1/2 Lbs of clams and like 2 Lbs of mussels....we only had three people so get as much as u need to accommodate your family and/or guests.)
6 tablespoons of butter
4 cloves of garlic
The How To:
You want fresh. If it isn't fresh, you can get very sick so be cautious. To tell if your mollusks are fresh look at your creature. If it is slightly opened (or all the way), give it a hard tap. If it closes up it's fresh but if it doesn't throw away.
Clean your clams and mussels. Make sure when cleaning the mussels that you clean of their beards (stringy stuff that comes out of their shells). Do the freshness test described above.
Simmer garlic, wine, and salt for five minutes in large stockpot.
Add your clams and mussels to the liquid and cover for another 5 minutes or until the clam and mussel shells open up.
DO NOT ADD in extra wine!! Even tho the liquid mixture doesn't seem like it's enough it is! Adding more wine in will make your brother taste extemely winey and will completely ruin it. Also if you're using salted butter, cut back on the salt.
Stir in herbs and butter. Turn off heat and serve. If all the shells aren't open just let the heat stay on until they do. Serve with bread or other side dishes.
Thanks for reading and once again have a very blessed New Year!