These Drunken Mussels with Paprika Garlic French Fries are seriously addictive. I mean who doesn´t love fresh mussels smothered in a beer sauce next to some homemade paprika garlic fries? In Spain this is a very typical tapas combination. Always enjoyed next to a cold beer or glass of chilled white wine.
I usually like to serve these Drunken Mussels with Paprika Garlic French Fries as a tapas appetizer, but you can always serve them as a main course next to a salad. Either way you serve these, they are guaranteed to be a huge hit.
To make the french fries I used yukon gold potatoes. You can use any kind of potatoes you like, but I love yukon gold potatoes, they have a great texture and flavor to them. However, here is a short-cut to this recipe, if you´re short on time, you can just use store-bought frozen fries in this recipe 🙂 .
The secret to giving this tapas combination plate the best flavor is to use the right ingredients. Like fresh mussels, don´t use the frozen kind, it makes a world of a difference. And most importantly, a good-quality sweet smoked Spanish paprika. This is what gives these french fries that big punch of Spanish flavor.
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Drunken Mussels with Paprika Garlic French Fries
FOR THE FRENCH FRIES:
- 3 yukon gold potatoes
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
FOR THE MUSSELS:
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 10 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 can 12 oz beer
- 1 1/2 lbs fresh mussels
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- freshly chopped parsley
- sea salt
- black pepper
To make the french fries, cut 3 medium sized yukon gold potatoes into french fry cut pieces, I like to cut off then ends from the potatoes and then cut vertical slices that are a 1/4 inch thick, then cut the french fries from each slice of potato
Add the cut potatoes into a large bowl, add a generous tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp of sweet smoked Spanish paprika, a generous tsp of garlic powder, a generous 1/2 tsp of sea salt and some freshly cracked black pepper, toss it all together until well combined
Transfer the coated potatoes into a baking tray lined with parchment paper, make sure that they are all in a single layer, that way they all cook evenly, add to a preheated oven, bake + broil option 250 C - 475 F
Meanwhile clean 1 1/2 lbs of fresh mussels under cold running water, first remove the beard from the mussels and then scrape each one clean to remove any of the barnacles, set aside
Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add 1/2 of an onion that´s been diced and 3 cloves of garlic that have been minced, mix with the oil, after 3 minutes add 10 cherry tomatoes that have been halved and continue to mix, 2 minutes later season everything with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper and mix together
Next add 1/2 of a 12 ounce beer, squeeze in about 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice, add a handful of freshly chopped parsley and the cleaned fresh mussels, give it all a mix and place a lid on the pan, after 5-6 minutes remove the lid, all the mussels should be open, remove from the heat and garnish with freshly chopped parsley
At this point the french fries should have been in the oven for about 30 minutes, remove them from the oven and transfer to a serving dish, serve the mussels and the french fries side by side and enjoy at once
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