This Week In The Kitchen: One Pot Mussel Stew, Lawer Estates

This dish is a favorite meal from Calistoga winery Lawer Estates that combines mussels, beans, and chorizo in a one-pot stew. There are no exact measurements – it’s different every time. Go with what feels right for you! The classic wine pairing for this dish is a juicy rosé like the Lawer Estates Rosé of Syrah, which is great year round. The Lawer Estates Syrah adds the perfect spice if you prefer a red wine pairing.  

One Pot Mussel Stew, Lawer Estates Serves 4-6 people

– Sauté about a pound of chorizo then scoop it out of the pan and fry about a cup each of chopped celery and onions, and about 4 cloves of chopped garlic in a mix of the fat from the chorizo and some olive oil, along with about a tablespoon of crushed fennel seeds and a pinch of red pepper flakes. 

–   Add about half a can of crushed whole tomatoes (drained), two cans of Cannellini beans (not drained), and the chorizo, then simmer for a few minutes and season with salt and pepper. 

–   Add enough white wine (1-2 cups) to steam about a pound and a half of mussels then add in the mussels and cover the pan. When the mussels have opened (in 5 or so minutes), dinner is ready!

–   Discard any mussels that haven’t been opened and sprinkle with parsley and or chives for garnish.

Serve fresh, hot French bread drizzled with garlic butter. It’s great for dipping in the stew!