Category - Mussels
Mussels were once considered the poor relative of the shell fish family but their flavour and texture makes them amongst the most popular. Also mussels can be smoked, boiled, steamed, roasted, barbecued or fried in butter or vegetable oil. There are lots of recipes based around them. These include Moules Mariniere, Zuppa di Cozze – Italian Mussel Soup and Spanish Cantabrian Mussels – Mejillones Cantabria. As with many other seafood, you know when they are cooked once they have opened their shells.
It is recommended to discard any unopened shells as they may be unpalatable. They have grown in popularity with most supermarkets selling fresh stock from the fishmongers. These are a favourite family sharing dish. A large bowl of mussels in the middle of a table with everybody using an empty shell to pluck the tender meat from the shell. Also, serve them with homemade Garlic Bread for dunking and socking up the delicious liquid. Even the children enjoy eating them. This is a simple fast dish that always hits the mark and leaves the diners happy.