Do you ever cook meals you don't like because someone in your family likes it? I find myself doing this all to often. I hate shell fish. Like really really really hate it. I even hate the smell of it cooking. Blah.
Though despite my detest for shell fish(alive and cooked!) I always find myself making it for my husband or when we have company over.
One of the Hubs favorite appetizers is mussels steamed in white wine and garlic, then dipped in melted butter. Double yuk.
As much as I love butter... I can't handle dipping things in it. Eww.
I made this quick and easy pasta dish with mussels served on top to my husband the other night and he was wowed. He LOVED it.
Mussels with Orzo
1 lb live mussels
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 a lemon zest and juice
2 tbs of minced garlic
about 12 oz uncooked orzo pasta (or other favorite pasta)
1 tbs red pepper flakes
4 tbs of butter
few sprigs of fresh dill weed
Salt and Pepper to taste
Rinse mussels and remove beards.
If any mussels remain open when rinsing discard them because they are dead.
First in a large pan add in lemon juice, wine, garlic and mussels. Simmer over medium heat until all the mussels open back up.
Remove from heat. Strain the cooking juices into a bowl, cover mussels, set aside.
Boil pasta according to box directions. Strain. Toss with butter, pepper flakes, lemon zest, and dill. Salt and pepper to taste.
Plate a portion of pasta, set a few mussels on top and drizzle the cooking juices over each plate.
Top with a lemon slice and parsley or sliced scallions to add a little green into the dish.