Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Mussels and Clams w/ Lemongrass-Shallot Sauce
The more I write in this blog, the more I realize how much of a picky eater I used to be! There are so many foods that I love now, but disgusted me for most of my life.
Mussels and clams can be added to the list.
Clams always looked unappetizing to me, and mussels both looked and sounded unappetizing. I mean, who wants to eat the 'muscle' of an animal, right?!
That's what I used to think.
When I got older, I realized it was a mollusk. But by then, it was too late. I couldn't get the whole 'muscle' thing out of my head.
One day, after going out with one of my best friends in the whole world, I realized that I needed to be more adventurous with my eating habits. My BFF will try just about anything once. Her motto is....if it tastes good, eat it!
She really inspired me.
Actually, she kind of made me feel like a little scaredy cat. I'm a chef....A CHEF....but I won't eat anything out of the 'norm'.
I would cook it. But I would never eat it.
This 'picky' side of me has changed drastically. I'm more like my BFF now.......almost. I'll try most things at least once, and I usually like it.
Now I am completely in love with mussels and clams. I usually eat them with a lemon-butter-garlic sauce. I tried a new recipe tonight that came out wonderfully.
Lemongrass, a little coconut milk, and sweet delicious shallots. Doesn't get any better.
I always use Prince Edward Island Mussels (PEI). I think they taste the best and they don't have a ton of grit inside of them. They are definitely worth the extra $1 per pound.