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Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus

Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus will be the all-time inexpensive show stopper and jaw dropper starter to your meal combining delicious Mussels with Pinot Noir wine, fresh herb, with lemon, lime, and brilliant blood oranges that will not only lend a wonderful flavor but make the recipe for Mussels in Red wine and Citrus stand out to your dinner crowd.

Mussels are lovely tasting. I love the fact you can pick up fresh Mussels at your local Fish Market for almost little or nothing. Yet, you can make such a beautifully colorful and tasty dish utilizing the beautiful and strikingly colorful fruits and herbs that Mother Nature has provided the Earth.

 

 

 

Let’s talk a bit about safely choosing your mussels 

  • Always buy mussels that are alive and in the shell, particular care must be taken when selecting and cleaning
  • Shop at a reputable fish counter that’s always busy. This way, you can be assured the mussels you’re buying have not had a chance to sit around for long.
  • The care a local fish-market puts into keeping and presenting the mussels can be a good indicator of their commitment to quality seafood
  • Mussels should smell fresh, and the shells should be tightly closed.
  • If you notice there is a slight opening in the shell, give it a tap — if the shell closes, it is still alive.
  • When selecting your mussels, do not choose a mussel that is chipped, broken, or damaged in any way.
  • Never select a mussel in the market that is open. The mussels should always be tightly closed

 

 

 

 

 

Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus will be the all-time inexpensive show stopper and jaw dropper starter to your meal combining delicious Mussels with Pinot Noir wine, fresh herb, with lemon, lime, and brilliant blood oranges that will not only lend a wonderful flavor but make the recipe for Mussels in Red wine and Citrus stand out to your dinner crowd.Central Florida has been hit with an excellent little cold spell this week — which makes it a dreary day take photos so please excuse them I was so excited to get my hands on Blood Oranges I just could not wait to make one of our favorite appetizers. Have you ever had blood oranges? They are delicious and merely stunning all wrapped you absolutely must get your hands on a few to taste.

The beloved Blood Oranges need a  climate with a hot season and cooler weather to bring out their actual color, blood oranges flourish in the Mediterranean and California. It is also why blood oranges are harvested in winter. You’re likely to see them available for sale from December into April in the U.S. While most of the U.S. crop is grown in California blood oranges are also grown in Texas and Florida by specialty growers.

 

 

 

 

Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus will be the all-time inexpensive show stopper and jaw dropper starter to your meal combining delicious Mussels with Pinot Noir wine, fresh herb, with lemon, lime, and brilliant blood oranges that will not only lend a wonderful flavor but make the recipe for Mussels in Red wine and Citrus stand out to your dinner crowd.Below you will find my recipe for Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus a delicious yet straightforward appetizer with easy to follow instructions to make your colorful show-stopper as an impressive starter to your meal.

 

 

 

 

Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus

  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Four garlic cloves,  thinly sliced
  • One medium red onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher Salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Four pounds mussels, scrubbed
  • One and 1/2 cups of Pinot Noir wine
  • Four tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 blood orange or navel orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Garnish

  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • Two blood oranges, sliced
  • Two limes, sliced
  • Two lemons, sliced
  • extra chopped cilantro

Directions 

  1. In a large, deep pot, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the four sliced garlic cloves and finely chop the red onion, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring, until the garlic is softened and lightly browned about 3 minutes. Add the mussels and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add 1 and 1/4 cup of  Pinot Noir wine, cover, and steam the mussels until they open about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to 4 deep bowls, discarding any mussels that do not open.
  3. Add the four tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/4 of cup cilantro, and juice of 1 lemon to the broth, slightly shaking the pot until the butter melts.
  4. Place clean, dry leaves of butter lettuce in a serving dish, place mussels on top of butter lettuce, garnish with slices of blood oranges, limes, and lemons – add a bit more cilantro for color and flavor if desired.
  5. Serve with crusty Italian bread and, of course, some more wine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 12 votes
Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus will be the all-time inexpensive show stopper and jaw dropper starter to your meal combining delicious Mussels with Pinot Noir wine, fresh herb, with lemon, lime, and brilliant blood oranges that will not only lend a wonderful flavor but make the recipe for Mussels in Red wine and Citrus stand out to your dinner crowd.
Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
37 mins
 

Mussels with Pinot Noir wine, fresh herb, with lemon, lime, and brilliant blood oranges that will not only lend a wonderful flavor but make the recipe for Mussels in Red wine and Citrus stand out to your dinner crowd.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Citrus, Mussels, Red Wine, Sauce
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic thin sliced
  • Red onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to own taste
  • 4 pounds Fresh Mussels scrubbed
  • 1 ½ cups Pinot Noir wine
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 Coarsely chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Juice of 1 blood orange or navel orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
Garnish
  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • 2 Blood oranges, sliced
  • 2 Limes, sliced
  • 2 Lemons, sliced
  • Chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a large, deep pot, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the 4 sliced garlic cloves and finely chopped the red onion, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring, until the garlic is softened and lightly browned about 3 minutes. Add the mussels and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add 1 and 1/4 cup of Pinot Noir wine, cover and steam the mussels until they open about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to 4 deep bowls, discarding any mussels that do not open.
  3. Add the 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/4 of cup cilantro, and juice of 1 lemon to the broth, slightly shaking the pot until the butter melts.
  4. Place clean dry leaves of butter lettuce in a serving dish, place mussels on top of butter lettuce, garnish with slices of blood oranges, limes, and lemons – add a bit more cilantro for color and flavor if desired.
  5. Serve with crusty Italian bread and of course some more wine!

 

 

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Mussels in Red Wine and Citrus will be the all-time inexpensive show stopper and jaw dropper starter to your meal combining delicious Mussels with Pinot Noir wine, fresh herb, with lemon, lime, and brilliant blood oranges that will not only lend a wonderful flavor but make the recipe for Mussels in Red wine and Citrus stand out to your dinner crowd.

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21 Comments

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    Cydnee Knoth
    January 21, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Heidy, your Mussels with Citrus is a fabulous dish. Beautiful presentation, so delicious. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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    Dina@KitchenDreaming
    January 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Wow Heidy, what a fabulous dish, I can’t wait to give it a try! I may have to make a trip west for mussels, they aren’t looking too good over her in the Orlando area. Thank you so much for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial. Please be sure to come back this week starting Thursday at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there! Pinned

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      January 21, 2015 at 12:04 am

      That’s a shame there’s a place here called Jr’s and I personally know the family—His dad used to work with my father in laws fishing boat back in the day
      Junior’s Fresh Fish & Seafood
      Address: 1341 Florida 60, Lake Wales, FL 33853
      Phone:(863) 678-3474
      Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
      Menu: juniorsfishmarket.com

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