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Spicy Mussels with Chorizo and Wine

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 5 servings
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1 medium onion, chopped

3 tablespoons butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

8 ounces fresh chorizo, removed from casing

1 tablespoon harissa

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3/4 cup white wine

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

2 to 3 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and debearded

1/2 cup heavy cream

French bread, for dipping


Special equipment:
If harissa cannot be found, substitute 1 tablespoon of tomato paste plus 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook the onions in the butter over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chorizo to the onions and cook until the sausage loses its raw color, about 5 minutes. Add the harissa and red pepper flakes, and then turn up the heat to high. 
  2. Once fragrant, deglaze the pan with the wine, allowing to bubble for a minute. Lower the heat to medium, add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the prepped mussels and cover to steam until the mussels open, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cream and stir. Serve immediately with plenty of sliced French bread for dipping.
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