A Delicious Taste of Catalonia… With Sparkling Wine

Catalonian-style mussels make a great companion to brut-style — in other words, very dry — sparkling wines.

For an authentic taste of Catalonia, try this dish with a sparkling brut from Spain. This recipe yields 6 servings.

MEIJILLONES A LA CATALANA

Ingredients

* 18 medium-size mussels

* 2 medium/large tomatoes, cored and chopped

* 3 Tbs. olive oil

* ½ tsp. chili powder

* 1 small onion, minced

* 1 cup brut-style sparkling wine

* Salt, to taste

* White pepper, to taste

* Parsley, finely chopped

Preparation

1. In a medium-sized frying pan, heat olive oil.

2. Add onion and cook until transparent (about 10 minutes).

3. Add tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes.

4. Add chili powder, salt and white pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Add sparkling wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half.

6. Add mussels. Cover pan and cook until mussels have opened. Garnish with parsley.

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