When you need a meal in a hurry, turn to shellfish: most kinds (mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp) only need 10 minutes to cook. In this recipe, mussels are steamed in a fragrant sauce seasoned with shallots, tomatoes, saffron, and paprika. Serve with crusty bread for mopping the broth, a crisp green salad, and a glass of chilled white wine. It's a luxurious meal that won't break the bank — perfect for ringing in the weekend!
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3 tablespoons olive oil Serves 2.
1 cup sliced shallots (4 to 5 large)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup dry Sherry
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice (preferably fire-roasted)
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
3 dozen mussels, scrubbed, debearded
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 tablespoons olive oil