Happy Derby weekend, folks!
Oh, don't live in Kentucky? It doesn't matter! If you're not all about the Derby this weekend, then you don't know what's up! Tons of people from all over flock to Louisville, KY just for this weekend to celebrate horse racing, bourbon, and great eats!
Being in the restaurant industry, this is probably the biggest week/weekend of the year for Louisville, KY. I've already seen Top Chef stars like Stephanie Izard, Marcus Samuelson, and Michelle Bernstein dine at the restaurant. Even the mayor of Los Angeles was in to eat last night! However, I'm most excited to meet the editor in chief of Bon Appetit magazine, who is scheduled to dine this weekend! Lots of pressure, right?
Anyway, with little time to do much of anything this week, I had to make quick and fresh meals. I was really in the mood for a big bowl of mussels – which always seems to fill me up, especially when served with a fresh, crusty baguette. I always have the problem of buying a big bag of spinach and never finishing it in time, so I thought I'd wilt some spinach with the mussels, too. So it definitely made for a filling and tasty meal.
2 lbs. mussels, cleaned and debearded
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, small diced
1 lb. spinach
1 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup white wine
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper, to taste
Melt the butter in a medium stockpot under medium high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion is starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted.
Add the chicken stock, white wine, and dijon to the pot. Bring to a boil and add the mussels. Cover and cook until the mussels open up, discarding any that don't open. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Ladle the mussels into a large bowl and serve with a nice French baguette.
This was a great meal to sit outside on the patio and enjoy. Definitely a quick and easy meal for any day of the week!
Good luck to all the betting folks out there! Be sure to watch the most exciting 2 minutes of sports this Saturday!