Thai Red Curry Mussels
Recipe from EatingWell

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.

Thai Red Curry Mussels

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  • 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
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.
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.

Note: Red curry paste and fish sauce, typical Thai ingredients, can be found in the Asian food section of large supermarkets.
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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