Even though I’ve made all the Dorie recipes, I feel like I’ve been kind of a slacker lately. That all changed last night with the mussels with chorizo. I felt like I was making an authentic, grown up, french meal. I made a few changes, some intentional and some not! I thought 4lbs. of mussels seemed like a lot, so I got 2lbs., and it was more than enough for the entire family. As a plus, the mussels came from PEI, which made me think of home! I made a mistake and got uncooked chorizo instead of the smoked. Obviously I had to cook it longer, but the flavor was wonderful. I don’t know if the thyme was necessary though, because the flavor of the chorizo stole the show. I also didn’t have any wine, so I just used the cognac that was left over from the chicken recipe a few weeks ago!
The mussels cooked up wonderfully. Even though mussels can look a little intimidating, they really are quick and easy. I ended up serving these over rigatoni and topped it with some Parmesan. This was a hit at our house. I think the kids were fans of pulling their food out of shells!
*What is French Fridays with Dorie? An online cooking group dedicated to working our way through Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table. We try a new recipe each week and post about it on Fridays. If you’re interested you can pick up a copy of the book and follow along with us here.