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“Crusty bread is flavored with vinegar, fried golden brown, then topped with steamed mussels simmered with white wine, bay leaves, a hint of chili and parsley. You may want to double the crostini, since there will be lots of flavorful mussel broth to soak up. Adapted from _La Cucina_ (by the Italian Academy of Cuisine) by Caroline Russock at Serious Eats.”
4 appetizer servings

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  1. Fill a high-sided saute pan with olive oil 1" deep. Place over medium heat. Dip bread in vinegar, then let drain on clean towels for a few minutes. Fry bread in hot oil until golden brown and crunchy. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  2. Clean the mussels - remove beards, scrape, and rinse. Discard any that do not close when tapped. Place in a large enough pot, cover, and cook over high heat until they open. Discard any which do not open. Drain mussels, reserving the liquid. Add water to bring the volume to 1 cup. Remove mussels from shells and set aside, discarding shells.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a saute pan. Add garlic and chili pepper and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mussels, reserved liquid and bay leaves. Simmer 5 minutes, then add wine. Cook another 5 minutes, then add parsley.
  4. Place 2 crostini in each bowl. Top with a ladleful of mussels and cooking liquid.

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