Chef Kristine’s Cookbook

Roasted Mussels with a Smoked Paprika Broth

Pair with SCHUG Pinot Noir or Merlot
Course Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine Californian
Keyword Mussels


  • Sauce:
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup shallots finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 cups chicken stock unsalted
  • 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. chives fresh, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme fresh, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. garlic butter see below*
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic Butter:
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
  • Mussels:
  • 2 lbs. fresh mussels
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Bread:
  • French bread sliced, for 6-8 guests to have 2 to 3 slices each


  • Prepare Garlic Butter: Stir all ingredients together until fully blended. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator; up to two weeks. Makes a little more than one cup. Extra makes excellent garlic bread; freezes well.
  • Prepare Sauce: Heat the butter and olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and stir and cook until they are nicely browned. Add the dry red wine and reduce by half. Next add the chicken stock, reduce heat to medium, and simmer and reduce for approximately 15 minutes. Add the smoked paprika and stir well, making sure there are no clumps. Continue to simmer until sauce has thickened very slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then turn off flame. Add the freshly chopped herbs. Set sauce aside until mussels have roasted.
  • Roast Mussels: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Soak mussels in cold water approx. 30 minutes, then scrub them, remove beards and rinse them once again. Drain mussels well. In an ovenproof kettle at least 10 inches wide coat mussels with the olive oil. Roast mussels, uncovered, in middle of oven, stirring once halfway through roasting, 15 minutes, or until mussels have opened. Discard any unopened mussels.
  • Serve Mussels: Reheat Smoke Paprika sauce until it is fully heated. Add the Garlic Butter to the sauce; stir quickly to melt it in. Pour about 1/3 of the Smoked Paprika Sauce over the mussels, stir to coat them evenly and ladle 6 to 8 mussels each into 6 to 8 large soup bowls. Ladle extra sauce over each bowl and serve immediately with sliced bread. Makes 6-8 servings.