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Big Mussels with Garlic and Vermouth


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 cloves cracked garlic

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 1/2 pounds mussels – ask at counter to check that they have been scrubbed

  • 1/2 cup white dry vermouth

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • Salt and pepper


Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add EVOO, about two turns of the pan, garlic and thinly sliced red onion, then mussels. Arrange mussels in a single layer. Add vermouth to the pan and cover. Cook until mussels open. Discard any unopened shells. Transfer mussels to a bowl. Pour juice over mussels and sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper. Serve with a second bowl, for shells.