Mejillones a la Marinera ("Sailor-Style" Mussels)
Serves 1-2 depending on appetite
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup jamón or other cured ham, minced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 tsp. sweet pimentón, or other paprika
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup white wine
2 lbs. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/4 cup parsley, minced
bread for soaking up the delicious juices
1) Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sautee until crisp. Add garlic and pimentón and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook until starting to break down, about 2 minutes. Add wine and bring to simmer.
2) Add mussels and cover. Cook, shaking every so often, until mussels open. This will take 3-5 minutes. Remove mussels with a slotted spoon to a large bowl.
3) Taste juices and, if necessary, add salt. Add parsley. Return mussels to pot, stir, then pour into bowl and enjoy with bread!