Thai Red Curry Mussels

Watercress is prized in Asian cuisine for its peppery flavor and in this dish stands up to the sweet spiciness of the mussels in a coconut-laced red curry sauce. If you can find it in your market, use Thai basil for the garnish - it adds a unique sweet anise flavor that will make the dish taste all the more authentic.

Recipe from EatingWell
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil, or canola oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste, (see Note)
  • 1 14 ounce can lite coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce, (see Note)
  • 4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded (see Tip)
  • 6 cups trimmed watercress, (1-2 bunches) or trimmed spinach
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil, for garnish
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Directions
1. 
Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic, scallion whites, lime zest and curry paste to taste; cook until fragrant and the paste is sizzling, 1 to 3 minutes. Add lime juice, coconut milk, brown sugar and fish sauce. Bring to a boil and let cook for 2 minutes.
2. 
Add mussels, return to a simmer, cover and cook for 6 minutes. Spread watercress (or spinach) over the mussels, cover and cook until slightly wilted, about 4 minutes; stir into the mussels. (Discard any unopened mussels.) Serve garnished with scallion greens and basil.
Tips:
1. 
Note: Red curry paste and fish sauce, typical Thai ingredients, can be found in the Asian food section of large supermarkets.
2. 
Tip: To clean mussels, scrub with a stiff brush under cold running water. Scrape off any barnacles using the shell of another mussel. Pull off the fuzzy "beard" from each one (some mussels may not have a beard).

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 273, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 48, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 16, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 24, vit. A (IU) 2915.41, vit. C (mg) 35.43, sodium (mg) 582, Potassium (mg) 438, iron (mg) 6.3, Other Carb () 1, Lean Meat () 3, Fat () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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