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Deep Fried Mussels - {Cozze Fritte}

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Ingredients

  • SALSA:
  • 4 pounds mussels cleaned
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 jalapeños finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly-cracked black pepper to taste

Details

Servings 4

Preparation

Step 1

Open the mussels, discarding the shells but reserving the liquid. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into the eggs. (You may steam the mussels partially to get the shells to open, which is considerably easier than prying them open raw. Don't let them cook any longer than necessary, or they'll be tough and overcooked after frying).

Heat the oil in a deep-frying pan to 370 degrees. Dip each mussel into the flour, then into the eggs, and then gently lower them into the hot oil and deep-fry until golden.

Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately with Salsa.

Salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.

This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

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