Weeknight meal planning got you down? Alexandra Hedin has got you covered! As the creator and founder of the soon-to-launch app Weeknight Society, Alexandra’s goal is to give you everything you need to set your family’s dinner table with creative meals built upon nothing but the freshest, most delicious ingredients available. Below, she offers a small ‘taste’ of what Weeknight Society will offer with her recipe for Beer Steamed Mussels—yum!
Cooking dinner can be an absolute chore sometimes—especially when it is so hot outside! This summer’s epic heat wave has had me searching for recipes that are simple, fast and delicious. Personally, I know just how hard it is after a long day of work to get dinner on the table, let alone to make it “fun.” So, I decided to create something that I (and my friends!) needed: A menu-planning app with original recipes that only take about half an hour each. Weeknight Society launches Aug. 15, just in time to celebrate the end of this heat wave (maybe?), and for all of us to start thinking about cooking again.
This recipe below for Beer Steamed Mussels is a perfect weeknight dinner because it’s so easy, super fresh and is a great excuse to crack open a few beers. This is also a great dinner to serve when having friends over because the whole thing cooks in about 20 minutes, leaving you with the rest of the evening to enjoy each other’s company. Beers, mussels and friends? There’s practically no better way to have fun on a weeknight.
Beer Steamed Mussels
- 4 pounds of mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
- 2 8-ounce beers (light ones like Rainier)
- 2 strips bacon
- ½ onion, diced
- ½ cup basil, ripped
- ¼ cup chives, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic
- In a large skillet, cook together bacon and onions until soft and bacon has rendered at least one tablespoon of fat (five minutes).
- Add butter, basil, chives, garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir to soften for about one minute.
- Pour in beer, lemon zest and juice, sea salt and mussels. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and let steam over medium heat until mussels have opened, about 15 minutes.
- Discard any mussels that haven’t opened and serve with crusty bread.