One day while fishing on the gettys in New Jesrsey, "Sandy Hook", I dropped my fishing spoon. When I went to pull it out of the rocks there to my surprise where strings of beautiful large black mussels. They looked like huge grapes. My husband ripped out about four large strings and we took them home I cleaned them and made a sauce threw them in covered and steamed them. They opened up and let out their broth turning my sauce into a rich soup. I served with crusty Cuban toast and the rest is history. That was about 35 years ago. They have been a family favorite ever since. I now buy them at the fish market or at the seafood dept. at my local supermarket. Either way enjoy my Mejillones al Latino. Buen Appetito
In a large deep heavy pot heat the oil until just shimmering, add smashed garlic, onions green pepper, cilantro, parsley, and jalapeno and saute until veggies start to get limp.
Next add the wine and continue to saute for about a minute then add the tomatoes, Saute again for another minute. Now add all of the seasonings, bay leaf, oregano, salt and pepper, Goya sazon packets, Old Bay, and continue to saute.
Now add the mussels to this sauce. pour the last 1/4 cup olive oil over everything mix with a large spoon and cover. Let steam for about 15/20 minutes. minutes
While mussels are cooking in the sauce have the oven heated and slice your bread at an angle toast in the oven about 10 minutes until golden. Pull out and butter the toast. Keep warm until serving
Uncover mussels they should all be open. Serve in bowls with the broth they have given up and serve with a slice of the toast and a slice of lime. Optional you may sprinkle a teaspoon of grated cotija cheese over the mussels before serving. Enjoy
Note Optional sometimes I have made these mussels with a stick of butter at the end. Instead of adding the last 1/4 cup olive oil I have added the stick of butter to the pot. It does make this mussel soup richer but due to my husband watching his cholesterol. I leave that up to you. It does make a richer tasting dish. Either way it is so good. Enjoy