Mussels in White Wine Sauce Review

These were a nice change from our "standard" mussels recipe! I did make a few minor changes, as it was raining cats and dogs and I didn't feel like going to the store. The bag of mussels that I picked up at Costco was about 4 lbs (WAY more than the 4 cups that the recipe calls for, but it was the right amount of mussels to broth, in my opinion). I used 1/2 of a red bell pepper in place of the red chili pepper, and didn't have any anise flavored liqueur, but I DID have some star anise, so I just added one to the broth while it was simmering (and this worked great). I used "heavy" cream, so I skipped the cornstarch all-together. We all enjoyed these, and I would make them again, but I'd cut the beef broth back (maybe to 1 cup), as it ended up slightly on the salty side.