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Cuban Steamed Mussels

Cuban Steamed Mussels

2 tablespoons butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup white wine
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 slices Cuban bread, lightly buttered and grilled or toasted
2 lemon wedges for garnish

1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Season with red pepper flakes and lemon zest, stirring for about 45 seconds.

2. Add wine to the pan and season with black pepper.

3. Bring sauce to a boil, stir in mussels, and cover immediately. Shake pot and let boil for 1 minute.

4. Stir mussels, replace cover, and let boil for 2 more minutes. The shells will begin to open.

5. Stir in parsley, cover pot, and cook until all shells are open, 1 to 3 minutes.

6. Garnish with parsley and serve with bread and lemon wedge.

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