Bloody Mary Mussels

My dad could not stop talking about making mussels and more so, these Bloody Mary mussels he had at some brewery near Slippery Rock. On Valentine’s Day I was driving home from work, contemplating what I was going to eat for lunch because of course that was dependent on what I was eating for dinner, and called my dad to suggest we make mussels for dinner and be single together. So that’s what we did.

I had to think about what all types of things go into Bloody Marys to think about what should go into these little guys. My dad swears by Clamato juice but since they were already fishy (I think?) I decided to just use tomato juice. My dad also suggested Worchester sauce and horseradish because I totally would have forgotten about those. I was thinking garlic, Tabasco, celery, sea salt – all of the delicious accompaniments.

A quick Tabasco story because I know you all really want to hear it. When I was in Hong Kong and seriously jonesing for Mexican food, I would throw down approximately $30 USD for a burrito. Yeah, Hong Kong is expensive, but once you’re outside the US, Mexican food is few and far between. I didn’t have a kitchen. I had to go to extreme measures.

Anyway, back to the Tabasco. So we were at whatever the Hong Kong crappy equivalent of Mad Mex was (I seriously think it was Mad Mexican because a waiter gave me a sombrero one night when I was drunk and it said Mad Mexican or something on it. See photo below for reference) and we ordered margs (duh) and they were INSANELY sweet. Like way to sweet. So we poured Tabasco in them because what else are you going to do whenever you need a buzz to forget about the amount of money you’re paying for a burrito.

mexican food hong kong | almost getting it together

Said stolen somber – it says “Mexican with Attitude”

So these mussels were gone in like 5 minutes. They were delicious and super easy. Mussels seem scary to cook but they aren’t. Unless you’re allergic to shellfish and then they are scary because you’ll die.

Bloody Mary Mussels

bloody mary mussels | almost getting it together

Mussels – insanely easy to cook.

bloody mary mussels | almost getting it together

Parsley food styling by Dad.

What you’ll need:
1 lb mussels, debearded and rinsed in cold water
1 lemon, juiced
1 2/3 cups tomato juice (PURE tomato juice, not crap from concentrate with sugar added or something)
2/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped parsley (I used flat leaf)
3 tbsp fresh horseradish
2 tbsp crushed garlic
2 tbsp worchester sauce
2 tbsp hot sauce (Tabasco but it has added sugar so I used Pepito – we had a Choloua incident walking in the door so I wasn’t about to use the last of my precious Choloua)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp celery salt (or whatever salt you have, but try for celery salt)

What to do:
Mix everything but mussels, garlic and olive oil together and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven (or large sauté pan – anything large enough so the mussels can all be beside each other without being on top of each other) over medium high heat.
Add in garlic and stir until fragrant, about one minute.
Add mussels to pan. Put lid on top and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.
Check mussels after 3-4 minutes. If they are mostly closed, continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes, checking every minute to see if they are opened.
Once they are all (or mostly) opened, add in sauce and stir well. Re-cover pan and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
MUSSELS ARE DONE! See, that wasn’t too scary, right? Enjoy your mussels as long as they are open. If they’re closed don’t eat them you’ll die.

bloody mary mussels | almost getting it together

These were devoured in less than 5 minutes.

Chat with me:
Is my writing on point today or what? And by point I mean ADD. Also – what is the most money you would ever pay for a burrito?

21 thoughts on “Bloody Mary Mussels

  1. Okay as much as I love you, this is going to be the one time I allow myself to say I don’t think I could do this recipe. Please don’t hate meeeee 😦 I just don’t like bloody marys or mussels, so it’s nothing against you! Your last sentence cracked me up in the directions “don’t eat them you’ll die.” Lol. But really though.

  2. Hahaha not at all. I love sharing and reading random stories in posts 😀 we love mussels, so this would be a lot of fun to try! I don’t know that I would pay $30 for a burrito, but for pizza or pasta? Hells yes!

  3. DYING!!!!!! We made clams on V-Day because we’ve made mussels for every other occasion and I was trying to be different. Oh and did you know I’m obsessed with bloody mary’s?!? Actually I’m obsessed with Caesars which are the ones made with clamato juice! Clearly your Dad knows what’s up. I have to take you to rock lobster to get the caesars with a lobster tail in it. They’re insane! Promise it doesn’t taste fishy.

    Thank you for making my dream come true!

  4. Ok you’ve got me here…I LOVE mussels but I HATE bloody marys…I’m just going to pretend this is a normal tomato-based sauce and then I’ll love it haha. But seriously…mussels are one of those foods that my childhood-self is so grossed out by but i absolutely lovvvve now! Thanks for the recipe I’ve never thought about making them at home

  5. Can you promise me something? When I come visit we are either making these or going out to eat these- I love mussels like you have no idea- especially with garlic bread for dipping.

    I also love this add style post- and no shock for the prices in Hong Kong….. Come to Australia dammit!

  6. I got super giddy reading about your Dad being in Slippery Rock (if you’re talking about slippery rock in PA) since it’s in my home state 🙂 I totally know what you mean about the lack of Mexican food outside of the U.S. Kuwait is the same way – and gosh does it suck. I mean even the chips & salsa aren’t up to par. Frankly I’d rather purchase my own salsa and tortilla chips @ the store.

  7. Hmm… I have never had mussels. Never really knew how to cook them or eat them, honestly. But, the fact that I LOVE Bloody Mary’s and the idea of making a food dish with bloody mary ingredients while incorporating a food item I have always wanted to try, you may have me hooked. Thanks for sharing!

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