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A simple Mussels recipe

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Mussels are nutritionally rich, simple to cook and inexpensive, they make a great starter or simple supper for any time of year. Here’s a very quick and simple mussels recipe I think you’ll enjoy!

Serves 4 prep time: 15 minutes total

Ingredients

1 small knob of butter to fry the shallots

4 bay leaves

4 shallots – finely chopped

2 garlic cloves – finely chopped

1 kg good mussels – scrubbed and de bearded

1 pint of fish stock

200 ml of good white wine

Salt & pepper to taste

1 handful fresh Flat leaf parsley or coriander to taste

Cooking Instructions

Using a deep pan, melt the butter and add bay leaves, sizzle for a few seconds before adding the shallots and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes on a low to medium heat, long enough to remove the acidity from the shallots and soften them.
Now add the stock and white wine bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes to reduce down a little to intensify the flavour.
Add salt and black pepper to taste
Add the mussels, stir well and place a tight lid over the pan. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until the mussels have opened up.
Discard the ones that have not opened. Garnish with coriander or parsley to taste
Serve with a chunk of fresh bread.
Cooks tip 1: Add a dash of cream or crème fraise if you would like to add a little creaminess to the sauce

Recipe by Kumud Gandhi – copyrights to The Cooking Academy

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