This peppered mussels (impata di cozze) is a classic dish from the South of Italy.
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 fresh hot red chilly (like fresno), thinly sliced into rings
- 3 pounds black mussels, scrubbed and cleaned
- salt, to taste
- 1.5 cups dry white wine
- 1/4 cup finely chopped italian parsley
- freshly ground black pepper, in large amounts
- juice of one lemon
- Heat oil in a large pan with high sides over high heat. Add garlic and chilly and briefly cook until garlic lightly browns.
- Add the mussels to the pan and cook briefly. Add the wine and a light sprinkling of salt. Cover the pan and cook until the mussels just open.
- Remove the cover and grind an aggressive amount of black pepper over the mussels. Don’t be afraid to use a lot.
- Remove from the heat. Add the parsley, a drizzle of great quality extra-virgin olive oil, and squeeze the lemon juice over the top. Transfer to a serving bowl.
- The peppered mussels is now ready to be served!