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Mussels and Bok Choy with Green Tea Pilaf

 

Mussels and Bok Choy with Green Tea PilafStart to finish: 45 minutes
Hands on time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
6 scallions, sliced thin crosswise and white and green parts kept separate
2 tablespoons fermented black beans rinsed well and mashed lightly with a fork
3 to 5 dried whole small chiles, or to taste, optional
1 red bell pepper cut into thin 2-inch long strips
3 pounds mussels (preferably cultivated), scrubbed well and beards removed
1 cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or low-sodium store bought chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 pound baby bok choy, halved lengthwise and sliced thin crosswise
cooked white or brown rice as an accompaniment

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, scallion whites, black beans and chiles, if you are using them, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the red bell pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the mussels and ½ cup of the chicken stock, cover the pan tightly and steam the mussels, transferring them as they open to a bowl, until all of the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that do not open.

Whisk together the remaining stock, the rice wine, the cornstarch and the soy sauce and add the mixture to the saucepan in a steam, whisking. Bring to a boil and add the bok choy. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute and return the mussels, along with any juices from the bowl to the pan. Cook, stirring to coat the mussels with the sauce, until the mussels are hot.

Serve the mussels and broth over rice and garnish each portion with some of the scallion greens.

Darjeeling Tea Pilaf   

Start to finish: 40 minutes
Hands on time: 15
Servings: 4

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup Calrose rice*
1 3/4 cup strong brewed darjeeling tea

*Calrose rice, a medium grain rice grown in California, can be found in many supermarkets as well as online.

In a small saucepan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the tea, bring the tea to a boil, reduce the heat to a bare simmer and cover the pan with a damp paper towel and a lid. Cook the rice for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the liquid is totally absorbed and the grains have swelled. Let stand, covered, off heat for 5 – 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve right away.

 

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