Easy Steamed Mussels
2 pounds mussels
2 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 to 1 cup white wine or sherry (depending how much sauce you want at the end)
Fresh herbs, such as basil or parsley, minced
Crusty bread, for dipping
1. Clean and debeard the mussels - this part is easier than it sounds and this is a great guide.
2. Melt the butter and oil together in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic, and season with a bit of salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes or so, until the shallots are softened and just starting to brown.
3. Pour in the wine or sherry, and bring to a boil. Add the mussels, give everything a very quick stir, and then cover the pot.
4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 6 minutes. Remove from the heat, gently stir, and sprinkle with fresh herbs. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.
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