20-Minute Recipe: Seashore Dinner

August 22, 2014 | By | Comments (0)

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four — for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: A dinner that encapsulates the best parts of the seashore (and leaves the sand behind). 

mussels copy1 20 Minute Recipe: Seashore Dinner


Mussels star in many of my summer memories. I’d often eat them after a day at the beach, when a shower to wash off the day’s grit was necessary before diving hands-first into dinner. These mussels capture those memories–without the sand. The broth is spicy, rich, and studded with fresh tomatoes, and it runs as easily down one’s arm as it soaks into crusty bread. Give a glass of wine to the mussels, and keep the rest for the table.

Spicy Mussels with Pancetta and Fresh Tomatoes

Serves 4

1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 ounces thick-sliced pancetta, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup red wine
2 pounds fresh mussels
4 plum tomatoes, cored, seeded, and chopped (about 2 cups)
Crusty bread for serving

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

8559503391 690c2bd14f 20 Minute Recipe: Seashore DinnerAs a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 once again to celebrate simple food with friends.

Photo by Caroline Wright


Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s