This New Years eve I'm looking forward to a simple night at home. No big fan fare, no cover charge and no waiting for a cab. The holiday season has taken its toll on me and I'm looking forward to curling up with a good movie; perhaps a rousing game of Wii tennis just to get the blood flowing.
The food for the evening needs to match my casual plans: comforting but not heavy. December is prime mussel month and it would be a shame to not take this last chance to enjoy them.
Adding tequila to a classic wine broth along with the lime really adds a punch to the mussels; these are stout, not for the faint boozer. The chorizo and roasted peppers add heartiness to the meal.
Enjoy Fat and Happy mussels and chorizo for the casual night at home. This dinner filled two of us with a few uneaten mussels and sausages left over. It could be stretched for four if you are light eaters and/or have an appetizer or dessert planned.
Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: Eat shellfish in months ending in an 'R' (October, November, December...) Shellfish spawn in the summer months and were thought to be toxic. Many distributors now ship-in shellfish from cooler climate areas during these months, but I would suggest knowing where your food is coming from.
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
Big loaf of sourdough bread