Thai-Inspired Mussels with Coconut Milk and Lemongrass
A big pot of mussels is ALWAYS a win, win, win to me! There are LOTS of directions you can go in terms of flavor profiles—and to top it off, mussels are cheap and very quick to cook. The spice, acid and creamy coconut milk really bring big flavors to the party that are ALWAYS crowd pleasers. Be sure to have lots of bread to soak up all the delicious broth!
For the mussels: Preheat a large lidded saucepan or moules (mussels) pot with the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, ginger and garlic. Saute until soft and fragrant, 5 minutes. Add the cilantro stems, lime zest, lime juice, chiles and lemongrass and saute for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the mussels, beer, coconut milk and lime leaves, then cover and allow to steam until the mussels open, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the fish sauce and stir to combine. Discard any mussels that do not open. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
For the toasted bread: Preheat a saute pan over medium-high heat with a little vegetable oil. Add the baguette slices and toast on both sides until golden brown, 2 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and rub with the garlic clove. Serve alongside the mussels.