Barcelona Mussels Recipe – A Keeper – 25 Minutes

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Barcelona Mussels Recipe – It was 1959 and I was in the Coast Guard on a ship headed from Brooklyn to Naples. After 7 days at sea we had gone through the Straits of Gibraltar and docked in Barcelona, Spain.

Some of us were given liberty and didn’t have to report back until muster the following morning. I had made friends with a few of the crew that were my age and rank so we teamed up and hit the streets.

The first thing that we did was to find an exchange and got Spanish money to fund our adventures. I held out a ten dollar bill to the guy at the counter and he looked at me like I was nuts. I indicated “yeah” and was given more Spanish cash than I had pockets for. I wound up stashing some in my socks and even in my underwear. I still had some leftover even after all of our shenanigans.

One of the guys was portuguese from Newark and another was puerto rican from Manhattan. They were our interpreters,, kinda.

We did everything that young sailors would be expected to do, and more, after a week at sea. But, back to the Barcelona mussels recipe.

We went to this local restaurant that was just opening up for the evening. As soon as they saw us they got an “oh shit” look on their faces and started pushing some tables together for us.

We sat down and while we were trying to understand the menu the waiter – without asking – poured us all some red wine. Wow, it was good!

Then he came back with our “tapas” aka appetizer. It was this Barcelona Mussels Recipe and, again, wow, IT was good too! They served it in a big bowl with a couple of big spoons. We each were given our own small soup bowls to get our share.

And, a big plate of hot crusty bread for dipping.

I made it the other night and of course it reminded me of my visit to Barcelona and I started recounting it again for Gammy.

She rolled her eyes and said, “Jack, I’ve heard all about that already.”

Anyway, here goes.

About the mussels. We can’t get any good fresh ones here in the Austin area so we just go with these cleaned, cooked and frozen ones that are found in the local grocery store.

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Put a skillet that is big enough to handle the mussels on at medium heat. Swirl in enough extra virgin olive oil to cover all of the bottom.

Add the chopped onion and stir to get it spread out and stir it a few more times as it cooks.

When the onion has become translucent – about 5 minutes – add the chopped garlic and cook for just a minute or so. Don’t let the garlic get brown. Then the tomatoes, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and red wine (or white wine or chicken broth).

Mix it all together, turn the heat up to medium high and bring it up to a simmer,

When the the liquids have reduced a little put in the mussels. Stir everything together and stir again a few times as the mussels heat up – about 6-8 minutes. If you are using fresh mussels just cook them until they open up and throw away any that don’t open.

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In Spain it is almost always served with rice and sometimes with pasta. The Italian in me kicked in and I opted for some pasta with mine and some spinach and tomato salad with feta cheese and a little loaf of Poppop’s easy homemade bread for dipping and some Spanish Tempranillo red wine.

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Altogether we had a super, quick and easy  weeknight dinner with this Barcelona Mussels Recipe.

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  1. Put a skillet that is big enough to handle the mussels on at medium heat. Swirl in enough extra virgin olive oil to cover all of the bottom. Add the chopped onion and stir to get it spread out and stir it a few more times as it cooks. When the onion has become translucent - about 5 minutes - add the chopped garlic and cook for just a minute or so. Don't let the garlic get brown. Then the tomatoes, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and red wine (or white wine or chicken broth). Mix it all together, turn the heat up to medium high and bring it up to a simmer,
  2. When the the liquids have reduced a little put in the mussels. Stir everything together and stir again a few times as the mussels heat up - about 6-8 minutes. If you are using fresh mussels just cook them until they open up and throw away any that don't open.
  3. In Spain it is almost always served with rice and sometimes with pasta. The Italian in me kicked in and I opted for some pasta with mine and some spinach and tomato salad with feta cheese and a little loaf of Poppop's easy homemade bread for dipping and some Spanish Tempranillo red wine.
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Baked Pork Chops Dinner – In One Pan – 30 Minutes – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

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Baked Pork Chops Dinner is all in One Pan and.. …30 minutes, total. Oh yeah, and real good.

I was in the grocery store picking up some wine – of course – and looking around for something a little different for supper. When I spied these real thick, bone in, pork loin chops.

I had a couple little chores to do so I bought what I needed to put together this one pan dinner that would just go in the oven and free me up for a little while.

I bet you find yourself in that kind of crunch sometimes too.

I picked out veggies that would take the same time to cook that the thick pork chops would and heres what the product of my chopping, olive oiling and salt and peppering looked like. I did sprinkle a little paprika on the potatoes and a little grated parmesan on the pork chops.

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You could use a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed or wiped with olive oil. Or, a nonstick one like you see in the pic.

In the pursuit  of quick and easy I got the pre trimmed and washed string beans in  produce and the pre peeled and cut potatoes in frozen . The onion and the pepper were the only cutting up that I had to do.

It went into a 475° oven for twenty minutes and our Baked Pork Chops Dinner all was cooked and ready.

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I didn’t get all my honeydos finished but a nice dinner with my honey and that bottle of Pinot Noir that I had grabbed at the store all made for a real good evening.

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  1. Set the oven at 475F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe with olive oil. Put the pork chops and the veggies on the baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with paprika and the pork chops with grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Put the sheet into the oven and cook for 20 minutes. The veggies should be cooked and crisp on the edges and the pork chops should be firm to a poke or read 155- 160 on an instant read meat thermometer.
  3. Enjoy!!
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Blackened Catfish – Quick and Easy – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free – Paleo

Blackened Catfish…

……..is Quick and Easy and Delish and Gluten Free and Paleo Friendly. Did I leave anybody out?

You can use just about any fish filets for this recipe i.e. red snapper or mahi-mahi or tilapia also work real well. I’ve even seen it done with salmon, but, for us catfish works best. It keeps it’s shape through the high heat needed for the blackening process and it is tasty.

Put a skillet on at HIGH and add the olive oil and butter.

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Mix the dry ingredients together in a shallow dish that will handle the Catfish filets.. Then…….

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 ……..melt the butter in the microwave in another shallow dish that can handle the catfish filets.

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Dip the filets one at a time in the butter and then in the dry stuff getting the filets well coated all over with the spices. When the butter in the skillet has stopped foaming and has turned brown put the filets in the skillet.

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The filets will make the butter foam up again. They will only need 2-3 minutes a side. Poke them and when they have firmed up and the coating of the spices has turned “blackened” they are ready.

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Serve them up with a wedge of lemon. We had some sauteed broccoli with garlic and some quick and easy hash brown potatoes with our Blackened Catfish but you just look in the fridge and  put together your weeknight meal the way that YOU want. 

Enjoy!!

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  1. Put a skillet on at HIGH and add the olive oil and butter. Mix the dry ingredients together in a shallow dish that will handle the Catfish filets. Melt the butter in the microwave in another shallow dish that can handle the catfish filets.
  2. Dip the filets one at a time in the butter and then in the dry stuff getting the filets well coated all over with the spices. When the butter in the skillet has stopped foaming and has turned brown put the filets in the skillet.
  3. The filets will make the butter foam up again. They will only need 2-3 minutes a side. Poke them and when they have firmed up and the coating of the spices has turned "blackened" they are ready.
  4. Serve them up with a wedge of lemon. We had some sauteed broccoli with garlic and some quick and easy hash brown potatoes with our Blackened Catfish but you just look in the fridge and put together your weeknight meal the way that YOU want.
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Lemon Garlic Butter Filet of Sole

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You will have a crowd pleaser when you make this Lemon Garlic Butter Filet of Sole. Twenty five minutes max. Probably less.

Put a skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8″ deep and turn on the broiler. Cut the potatoes into 1/4″ slices and put them into the skillet. Toss the potatoes a few times as they cook. Cut the onion into strips and chop up the rosemary leaves, garlic and parsley – or mint leaves – or dill leaves. Or any of the above dried.

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As the potatoes are getting started line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat it with olive oil. Put the butter, garlic, lemon juice and parsley in the microwave and zap it just long enough to get the butter melted. Pat the filets dry and lay them out in the cookie sheet. Spoon the butter mixture evenly over the filets then sprinkle with paprika.

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When the potatoes have started to brown add the onions, the rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss it all together and toss a few more times as they cook. When you have added the onions to the skillet put the filets in the oven.

The potatoes and the filets should be finished at about the same time.

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This Lemon Garlic Butter Filet of Sole is easy and is always a hit.

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We recommend a chilled Pinot Grigio. It sure worked for us!

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8" and turn on the broiler. Cut the potatoes into 1/4" slices and put them into the skillet. Toss the potatoes a few times as they cook. Cut the onion into strips and chop up the rosemary leaves, garlic and parsley - or mint leaves - or dill leaves. Or any of the above dried.
  2. As the potatoes are getting started line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or coat it with olive oil. Put the butter, garlic, lemon juice and parsley in a microwave safe bowl and nuke it just long enough to get the butter melted. Pat dry the filets and lay them out in the cookie sheet. Spoon the butter mixture evenly over the filets. Sprinkle with paprika.
  3. When the potatoes have started to brown add the onions and the rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss it all together and toss a few more times as they cook. When you have added the onions to the skillet put the filets in the oven. The potatoes and the filets should be finished at about the same time.
  4. This Lemon Garlic Butter Filet of Sole is easy and is always a hit.
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