Appetizer Mussels

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Appetizer Mussels
Serves 3

3/4 cup white wine
3/4 cup tomato and clam juice cocktail
3 cloves garlic – peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
3 tablespoons butter

1.In a stock pot, combine the wine, juice cocktail, garlic and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and add mussels.
2.Cover and continue to boil for about 4 to 6 minutes or until all the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that haven’t opened.
3.Remove mussels from liquid and keep warm. Pour off liquid to leave about 1 cup. Try not to discard the garlic. Boil the 1 cup of liquid until it’s reduced to about 3/4 of a cup.
4.Add butter and stir until butter has melted and sauce has thickened slightly. Serve mussels with sauce.

TCM Analysis-The Mussels tonify Kidney Jing, and Liver blood, and the Clam juice supplements the Liver and Kidney while freeing the flow of water passageways. Tomatoes generate fluids, alleviate thirst, aid in digestion, and detoxifies the body. Garlic detoxifies meat and seafood and warms Yang. Overall, this formula tonifies Kidney Jing, while supporting Kidney Yang in the movement of water within the body.