MUSSELS WITH COCONUT GREEN CURRY AND LIME
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Yield: serves 2-4
Time: 35 minutes
3 pounds mussels
1 (15oz) can coconut cream
2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
1/2 lime, juice only
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 shallots, finely sliced
1/4 cup flour
Vegetable oil for shallow frying
2 limes, cut into wedges
Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Rinse the mussels under cold running water while scrubbing with a brush. ¬†Remove the stringy mussel beards with your thumb and index finger as you wash them. ¬†Discard any mussels with broken shells.
Combine lime juice, curry paste, cilantro and 2 tablespoons of coconut cream in a blender. Process until smooth and you have a bright green puree. ¬†Set aside.
Set a large pot over high heat. ¬†Once it is hot dump in the mussels then add the plain coconut cream. ¬†Cover and boil for 10 minutes until the mussels open. ¬†When done remove the lid, add the green curry puree and mix well.
While the mussels are steaming prepare the shallot garnish. ¬†Slice shallot into thin circles. ¬†Toss in seasoned flour to lightly coat then shallow fry in oil until crispy.
Drain on paper towels and sprinkle on top of the mussels just before serving. Serve with fresh wedges of lime.