Oregon Coast Moules & Frite

Submitted By: J.A.W.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup chopped shallots (I’ve used vadalia and green onions before)

1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (Elephant garlic is fun)

1 cup diced tomatoes (fresh roma or canned)

1/2 teaspoon saffron (if you have it)

1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf or italian parsley

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

16-24 oz of Beer (I used two bottles of Blue Heron last time but it is worth experimenting with the stock)

2 teaspoons kosher/sea salt (more or less depending on how high your blood pressure is)

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I like tellicherry peppercorns - but only because it is fun to say)

50-60 fresh mussels

Sauté the shallots in the olive oil until soft. Add everything else (except for the mussels) and bring to a boil. Drop mussels in and cook for 10 min or so until all the mussels have opened. Throw away any that don’t open.

Frite: cut potatoes into thin strips. Fry in olive oil until really crispy. While still hot, place on paper towel to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with fresh rosemary and sea salt.