Never having cooked mussels before I saw this easy recipe. I served it to my guests who loved it. I found it so simple and yet they thought I had put so much time and effort into it! It worked a treat with raves from everyone! I use white wine but try to use a spicy one it makes the broth tastier.
- Just before cooking ~.
- Give the mussels a good scrub and rinse to remove any excess grit, make sure that they have already had their beards trimmed (if not then trim the beards with a pair of sharp scissors.) The mussels should be firmly closed. If any are open, give them a tap and see if they close. If they do not close, discard them.
- Using a large pot, melt the butter over a low heat. Add the shallots, garlic, chilie, and salt (optional.) Cook gently until the onions, garlic and chilie are softened. This could take up to 5 minutes or more. Be careful to watch closely at this stage making sure the butter or the onions do not start to brown. They must be translucent.
- Add the wine and zest and increase the heat. Boil until reduced by half. Doing this makes a rich broth. Add the mussels and season lightly with pepper. Stir and then cover the pot with a lid.
- After 2 minutes check the dish. Remove the mussels that have opened and transfer to serving bowl. Keep cooking the mussels in the pot still at a boil, removing them as they open. If there are any mussels that will not open discard them.
- Pour the broth over the bowl of mussels, sprinkle the dish with chopped parsley.
- Serve mussels in separate bowls with a good serving of broth, a wedge of lemon and a slice of thick crusty bread.
- When you get the mussels home, remove them from any plastic and place the mussels in a bowl (this helps them to breathe.) Cover them with a clean, damp tea towel or cloth and refrigerate. Kept this way they should keep for two days.
Outstanding! I double the serving and it was perfect for our family. Only thing I substitute was I used alcohol free white wine (I don't drink). The broth was excellent and the instructions were wonderful. I really liked your note at the end, I had no idea on how to store mussels properly. Since I have Mediterranean blood I love using my hands to eat any food, so I didn't have a problem eating the mussels. However hubby he isn't really a hands on person when it comes to food. So I served his differently, I scooped up a bowl of steam rice, then poured the broth around the rice and served the mussels (without shell) on top of the rice. Thanks Tisme for a wonderful recipe, will be making this one again.
Yes, we will be enjoying this recipe often. I did add a chopped tomato and some chopped parsley. My 11 year old son and I have "date nights" (we are the mussel eaters in our home) so this will be on our menu for future dates. :) Thank You!
Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum etc etc! I love this!!!! I can eat the whole 1kg of mussels on my own with some crusty bread! I sometimes add lemomgrass finely chopped instead of the zest, a tsp of fresh minced ginger (at the shallot, garlic stage) and some fresh chopped cilantro instead of parsley (about 1 tbs, not too much to overpower). Thank you for posting!