Thursday, October 2, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Longhi's Spicy Mussels in Marinara

Another one of the great meals that we ate in Maui was at Longhi's in Lahaina.

Bob Longhi opened the original Longhi's on Front Street in Lahaina in 1976.  Thirty-eight years later, and this restaurant is still one of the most popular and acclaimed restaurants in Hawaii.  There are many fans of Longhi's including, Robert Mondavi, James Coburn, Al Michaels and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.  Longhi's has won numerous awards for their outstanding food, extensive wine list and excellent service.  We never come to Maui without eating here!

Brian and I shared the mussels (appetizer) for his birthday dinner and I have to say, it was probably one of the best mussel dishes I have ever had.


Mussels Marinara - Fra Diavolo


1/4 cup olive oil
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup crisp dry white wine
1 28oz. can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less depending on your taste)
4 lbs. cleaned mussels
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, rough chopped
Lemon wedge
1 baguette, warmed


In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and saute the garlic for 2 minutes.  Add the wine and bring heat up until wine mixture boils, reducing a bit for about 2-3 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper and add the red pepper flakes.  Reduce the heat to low and cook sauce for 5 minutes.

Once the sauce is at a light simmer, add the mussels and give them a stir.  Cover the pot, increase heat to medium-high and cook for 6-8 minutes or until all of the mussels have opened (you may or may not want to add another splash of wine).

Serve by topping with parsley then place lemon wedge and chunks of bread beside the plates and enjoy!

Recipe found on Google
I took the image when we ate at Longhi's on September 1, 2014