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Mussels with Spicy Tomato Oil and Grilled Bread

1/3 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 lb. tomatoes, cored, seeded, coarsely chopped
2 TBSP chili oil
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds, lightly crushed
Kosher salt
3 lbs. mussels, scrubbed
2 TBSP unsalted butter
3 TBSP chives, finely chopped
4 slices country-style bread, grilled

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic to a small bowl.
Increase heat to medium-high and add tomatoes to oil.
Cook, pressing down on tomatoes using a wooden spoon until they are very soft and broken down, 8–10 minutes.
Pluck out tomato skins.
Stir in chili oil and fennel seeds; season with salt.
Add mussels, cover, and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until mussels open, 5 to 8 minutes (discard any mussels that don’t open).
Using a slotted spoon, transfer mussels to shallow bowls.
Add butter to tomato oil and stir until melted and incorporated.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Ladle oil over mussels and top with chives and fried garlic.
Serve with grilled bread.

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