Mussel Bloom with Fennel, Chickpeas and Dill Vinaigrette

Skill Level
2 servings (6 cups)

Adapted from The Abracadabra of Tinned Angle by Chris McDade (Artisan Books). Absorb ©️ 2021. Photographs by Dana Gallagher.

Mussels adapted with chickpeas are a basic in kitchens beyond abounding countries. There is article bewitched about the adverse amid the nutty, buttery chickpeas and the plump, blue mussels. This compound builds on the attitude but incorporates the capacity into a auspicious main-course bloom brightened by a dill vinaigrette.

For Dill Vinaigrette:

  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. chopped beginning dill
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Grated bite and abstract of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 abysm garlic, peeled
  • Fish sauce

For Salad:

  • 1 average ball fennel, bisected through the basis end
  • 2 red radishes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. chopped capers
  • 1 (4.2 oz.) tin Patagonia Accoutrement Smoked Mussels
  • Small scattering of arugula

Putting It All Together

  1. Make the vinaigrette: In a baby bowl, activity calm the mustard, dill, olive oil, auto bite and auto juice. This is a “broken” vinaigrette, so don’t anguish if it doesn’t attending emulsified. Add the garlic by annoying it over the basin with a Microplane. Division with angle booze to aftertaste and set aside. If you’re not application this immediately, it will authority in an closed container, refrigerated, for 3 days.
  2. Prepare the mollusk salad: Alive over a ample basin and application a mandoline, agilely barber the fennel, starting at the basal of the ball and alive your way against the fronds. Echo the action with the radishes.
  3. Add the chickpeas to the basin and bung to combine. Add the capers and activity to combine.
  4. Taste the borsch of the tinned mussels; if you anticipate it’s delicious, add it, forth with the mussels, to the bowl. If not, cesspool the mussels afore abacus them to the bowl. Acclaim activity to combine, demography affliction to accumulate the mussels as complete as possible.
  5. Add the dill vinaigrette to the mollusk bloom and acclaim stir, blanket the chickpeas and vegetables.
  6. Spoon the bloom into confined bowls and adornment with a brace pieces of arugula.