Chargrilled garlic mussels

Chargrilled garlic mussels

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From
A la Grecque
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

Whenever possible I prefer to use local mussels, instead of the widely available green-lipped mussels that are imported from New Zealand. Locally caught mussels will always be fresher and plumper, which is especially important in this dish. Remember that mussels are seasonal: they spawn late in the spring then take a few months to build up condition again. They are at their best from autumn and through winter to early spring.

Use any combination of fresh herbs for this dish, especially if you grow them in your garden. Chervil is a particularly good substitute for parsley, and is very easy to grow. Dill is also a good match with mussels. It has a strong flavour that complements the saltiness of the mussels very well. If you like a bit of heat, add a teaspoon of finely chopped chilli to the garlic and herbs.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg black mussels, scrubbed clean and beards removed
125ml extra virgin olive oil
60ml butter
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon dill, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat a barbecue or griddle to high.
  2. Spread the mussels out over the heat. As soon as they begin to open, remove them from the heat and place them in a bowl. Take care not to overcook them or they will dry out. Discard any mussels that don’t open after 4–5 minutes on the heat. When they are cool enough to handle, break off the top shell, leaving the mussel meat attached to the bottom shell.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan until beginning to froth. Add the garlic and herbs and sauté until the garlic begins to colour.
  4. Arrange the mussels in their shells on a serving plate and pour the garlicky butter over the top.
Tags:
Greek
Greece
European
Mediterranean
SBS
Grecque
Grecque
Pam
Talimanidis
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