Italian-Style Steamed Mussels with Garlic and Tomatoes
48 mussels (3 to 4 lbs.), scrubbed and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped, or 1-1/2 cups drained chopped canned tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
Freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
De-beard the mussels if necessary.
Heat the oil and garlic over medium heat in a 4 to 5-quart saucepan for about 3 minutes, but do not brown the garlic. Add the tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every minute or two, until the mixture starts to thicken.
Add the wine and stir. Put the mussels in the saucepan. Cover and steam them for about 10 minutes over medium to high heat, until the mussels open. Discard an unopened mussels.
Divide the mussels among 4 bowls. Stir saucepan contents to combine and ladle it over the mussels. Sprinkle the mussels with pepper and the parsley. Serve immediately.