Mussels Steamed in Wine

mussels in win sauceINGREDIENTS:
2 Tbsp. olive oil                             ¼ cup celery or green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onions                 2 lbs. mussels
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped         ¼ cup white wine

DIRECTIONS:
Saute onion, garlic, celery/green pepper in oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add mussels and wine. Cook for about 4 minutes, until mussels open. Shake pot occasionally while cooking. Mussels are done when all shells open. Serve in soup plates with broth. May garnish with lemon peel or freshly chopped parsley. Add crusty bread for dipping.

Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as an appetizer

ITALIAN STYLE:
Add 1 or 2 cups fresh chopped or canned tomatoes, drained, while mussels cook.