Jeff Koehler wrote the cookbook on paella. Literally. So I was keen to try out the paella recipes in his new cookbook, Spain. His shellfish paella is based on a recipe from his mother-in-law, who has been making this particular pan of rice every weekend for close to 50 years; for a paella newbie like myself, it seemed like a well-tested place to start.
'mussel' on Serious Eats
A quick stew of mussels with onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
Mussels are pretty much my default shellfish. They're easy to cook, easy to eat, and taste of little more than the sweet, briny ocean. In Ben Sargent's Mussels Fra Diavolo from his new cookbook, The Catch, the usual diavolo players (chili flakes, tomatoes, white wine) are present, but it's the uncommon addition of roasted garlic that makes the dish memorable.