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Fried Mussels in Ouzo Batter

Fried Mussels in Ouzo Batter Recipe

  • 35 to 40 large mussels, cleaned under running water (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • Sea salt
  • Good pinch of Aleppo or Maras pepper or hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Olive oil or olive and sunflower oil for frying
  • 11/ 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/ 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup ouzo (see Note)
  • 1/ 2 cup sparkling water, or more as needed
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • Vali's Skordalia or Roasted Garlic Skordalia
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