Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet with a lid. Add the onion and tomato and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the Garlic-Chipotle Love and beer. Add the mussels, cover the skillet, and cook until the mussels open. Discard any that don't open after 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
Serve in shallow bowls with plenty of toasted bread or warm tortillas for dipping. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.
For Garlic-Chipotle Love:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Pour the oil into a heavy ovenproof medium saucepan and add the garlic. Cover the pot with foil, put it in the oven, and cook until the garlic turns a nutty brown and is really soft (think cream cheese), about 45 minutes.
Remove the pot from the oven and let the garlic and oil cool to room temperature.
Put the garlic and the now garlic-infused oil in a food processor or blender. Add the chipotles and sauce, cilantro, lime zest, and salt and puree until the mixture is very smooth.
Store in the fridge in a tightly covered container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to a month.
Yield: 1 cup
Copyright (c) 2011 by Placido, Inc. from SIMPLE FOOD, BIG FLAVOR by Aaron Sanchez, published by Atria Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc