Charlotte Soups Recipe List

Harpers Restaurant

301 East Woodlawn Road, Charlotte, NC 28217

Spicy Mussel Salad

Method for Spicy Mussel Salad

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Shallots, thinly sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
2 Serrano Peppers, stemmed and thinly sliced (Note: to make this a milder dish, remove the seeds from the peppers.)
48 mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
1 pinch Saffron
1/4 cup dry White Wine
1 large Red Pepper, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded and cut into quarters
1 large Yellow Pepper,roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded and cut into quarters
1 large Green Pepper, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded and cut into quarters
1/2 cup Cucumbers peeled, seeded and diced (1/4”)
1/4 cup Red Onion, diced (1/4”)
1/4 cup Black Oil Cured Olives, chopped 1/4 cup whole flat-leaf Parsley Leaves
1 Tbsp Chili Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Lemon, halved
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method for Spicy Mussel Salad

• Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic and serrano peppers, season with salt, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mussels, saffron and white wine. Cover and steam just until the mussels have opened, about 5 minutes. Don't overcook or the mussels will be tough. Remove from heat.
• Scoop the mussels out of the pan and spread them in a single layer to cool. (Do not discard the cooking juices.) When they are completely cooled, remove and discard the top shells. Cover the mussels with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
• While the mussels are cooling, simmer the cooking juices (with the shallots, garlic and serrano peppers) over medium-high until reduced to about 1 tbsp of liquid. Transfer the reduction (with the shallots, etc.) to a bowl. Use a spatula to get all the juices, if necessary.
• To make the saffron mayonnaise, add the egg yolk and lemon juice to the mussel reduction and whisk until foamy. Whisk the vegetable oil one drop at a time until an emulsion forms. Carefully whisk in the rest of the oil in a thin steady stream. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
• To serve, arrange one of each of the pepper quarters on 4 plates and season with salt and pepper. Distribute the mussels in their half-shells in and around the peppers. Set a spoonful of mayonnaise next to the peppers. Sprinkle the plate with cucumber, red onion, olives and parsley leaves. Drizzle with chili oil or extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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