Braised Mussels with Goat Cheese Butter

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Braised Mussels with Goat Cheese Butter
 
Try this amazing recipe for Braised Mussels with Goat Cheese Butter that your whole family will love!
Ingredients
For the Mussels:
  • 1 pound of Mussels
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ bulb of fresh fennel thinly sliced
  • ½ sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 3 finely minced cloves of fresh cloves
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 roasted yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of chiffonade fresh basil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • sliced green onions for garnish
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
For the Goat Cheese Butter:
  • 4 ounces of soft goat cheese
  • 1 ounce of soft unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh oregano
  • olive oil for coating
  • loaf of fresh French bread
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cheese spread: In a large bowl whisk together goat cheese, butter, oregano, salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. French Bread: Slice ½ of the loaf into thick sliced and the other ½ into thin slices. With a pastry brush, brush each side of the individual slice and toast in the oven on 375° for 4 to 6 minutes or until brown. Once brown remove from the heat and spread a small amount of the goat cheese spread on each individual slice of French bread. Serve the thin sliced of bread on the side and reserve the thick slices.
  3. Mussels: In a hot large saute pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil caramelize the fennel and onions. One brown, add in garlic, peppers and mussels and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Next, deglaze with lemon juice and white wine and cook until the wine is almost gone and then add in the stock to braise. Braise the mussels for 4 to 6 minutes and finish with fresh basil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and green onions. Pour the mussels into a large bowl and serve the thick slices of French bread right in the broth from the mussels.

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