Mussels with Piri Piri Sauce

4 to 6 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound piece prosciutto, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 pound chorizo, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup thinly sliced white onions
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Piri-Piri Sauce, recipe follows
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tomatoes, juiced drained from one can and all crushed with hands
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine, such as Portugal's vinho verde
  • 3 1/2 dozen small mussels in shell, scrubbed and bearded
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • In a cataplana (or large saute pan with a tight-fitting lid), heat the oil over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and chorizo and cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Add the white onions, bell peppers, and red onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the bay leaves, piri-piri, tomatoes and 1/3 cup of the wine. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for 30 minutes. Add the remaining 1/3 cup wine, mussels, 2 tablespoons of parsley and 2 tablespoons of cilantro and stir to combine. Close the lid tightly and simmer 5 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat, uncover, and discard any mussels that have not opened. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Divide among 4 individual serving bowls and garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and 1 tablespoon cilantro.

Piri-Piri Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 fresh jalapenos, coarsely chopped, stems, seeds and all

  • 1 fresh poblano, coarsely chopped, stems, seeds and all

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • Combine all of the ingredients except the garlic in a medium, heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the garlic, remove from heat, and cool to room temperature. When the mixture is cool, pour into the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse several times until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container, and refrigerate, tightly covered, for 7 days before using. (The Piri-Piri will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.)

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups

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