Mussels are available the year round because of a large import market. Take advantage of the availability and good flavor and use mussels when entertaining.
Picante-Sauced Mussels is a tasty, simple-to-prepare dish featuring a perky sauce of sweet red pepper, green chile, onion, bacon and marjoram. The mussels are added toward the end of cooking time just until the shells open.
1/2 sweet red pepper, minced
1 green chile, minced
1 small onion, minced
3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1/4 cup vermouth or chicken stock