Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels are the perfect easy recipe for your next date night!
I read somewhere that mussels are an aphrodisiac. I have no idea if that's true, but after having recently been cleared to eat shellfish again after two decades of abstention I'm looking for any excuse to put it on the menu. This March will mark 16 years (SIXTEEN!) with my husband, and to say our lives are not what we pictured they would be (in the best possible way), would be an understatement of serious proportions. We're still each other's favorite people though - which is what counts, right? So, occasionally I try to surprise him with a special meal. That was my goal with these Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels.
|We dragged a tripod to the yard and did family pictures this weekend. Afterward I let the kids take turns with my fancy camera. Love these shots of Wesley and me!|
I made the mussels while he was with the kids coaching flag football. My plan was to feed the littles some spaghetti and meatballs, then ship them off to bed. When all was quiet, hubby and I would dig into a couple big bowls of mussels and watch a movie together. But like they say, the best laid plans... as it turned out, when the gang walked into the kitchen and saw me making something they've never had that smelled delicious - everyone wanted to try!
|p.s. I really love these faces.|
And what kind of mom would I be if I denied letting my children try a new and interesting food? So we all ended up sitting together and making quick work of these really really yummy Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels. Thhhhhen after bellies were filled, we shipped them off to bed and enjoyed some alone time in front of the tube.
|These ones too. Haha!|
Even though our romantic dinner didn't go down as planned, it was still a really nice evening. With five kids you learn pretty quickly to roll with the punches and this one was pretty easy. A great meal with my family and some cuddle time with my husband will never be considered a fail.
Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels, Ingredients:
- 5 pounds mussels
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- the juice of one lemon, medium sized
- salt and pepper, to taste
Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels, Directions:
- Rinse and inspect mussels individually, discarding any that are open or have cracked shells. Remove the beard (short pieces of "hair" sticking out of the shell) if necessary. (Just give it a good tug and wiggle).
- Set mussels aside and in a large pan or pot, on the stove top bring butter, garlic, and onion powder to a gentle simmer until garlic becomes fragrant. Add chicken stock and lemon juice, then bring back to a simmer.
- Pour butter and stock mix into a heat proof container and bring the now empty pan up to high heat.
- Add mussels to the very hot pan, pour butter and stock mix over mussels and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 - 7 minutes (stirring or giving the pan a shake occasionally) until mussels have opened.
- Enjoy! Preferably with some no knead beer bread or crunchy french bread!
For our (now after) dinner date night, we enjoyed a movie together. When Wesley picks it's usually something action filled or if I owe him a favor, horror (I really don't like horror) - when I get to choose it's usually a romance or romantic comedy. Occasionally we'll meet in the middle with a dramedy, but generally we alternate to keep things fair.
I've been a romance junky ever since sophomore year of high school when my girlfriend and I raided her mother's expansive library of romance novels and spend our entire summer reading by the pool. It was a good summer!
I'm planning to cash in my romance chips (he picked the movie last time) to see the new Nicholas Sparks flick, The Choice, over Valentine's weekend. It's about making difficult choices of the heart to find your destiny and perfect match. It is set in coastal North Carolina (where you can definitely find fresh mussels!). The main characters are brought together by their dogs, who play a big role in the film.
The Choice is in theaters beginning this Friday, February 5, 2016. Will you see it?