What to make on Easter Eve? It doesn't have quite the same ring as Christmas Eve, but I felt that seafood was in order.
Dinner was just for John and me; Easter dinner the same, but that doesn't mean it can't be special. So, at the supermarket yesterday, I suggested mussels and shrimp, though not sure what I was going to do with them. I came up with the following recipe, and the two diners gave it rave reviews. I hope you enjoy it, and have a blessed holiday.
2 lbs. mussels, cleaned
1 lb. jumbo shrimp (about 10-12), deveined and peeled, tails intact
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon EVOO
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 ½ cups dry white wine
3 tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoon Singapore seasoning* (Penzey’s Spices)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon honey
1/3 c mango salsa
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
Pinch of coarse sea salt
Fresh basil and/or parsley
Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large stock pot; add the garlic and saute’ over low heat for about a minute, being careful not to allow the garlic to burn. Add the wine, cream, Singapore seasoning, and basil; simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, honey, mango salsa, and lemon juice; simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add shrimp; toss gently; cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Add mussels, peas, and sea salt; toss again to coat with broth; cover and steam for about 5 minutes or until mussels open; stirring once. Discard any that do not open.
Spoon shrimp and mussels onto a large serving bowl; pour liquid over. Sprinkle with freshly snipped basil and/or parsley.
Serve with crusty semolina bread.
Serves 2 to 4 people, depending on their appetites!
*Singapore seasoning is a complex but delicate blend of the following spices:
Tellicherry black pepper, lemon peel, citric acid, garlic, onion, turmeric, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, cloves, and cayenne red pepper.