Maria's Stuffed Mussels
Recipe type: Shellfish Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
  • 12 large fresh Mussels
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 Slices of Stale Bread
  • 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan
  • 4 tablespoons of finely chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Salt according to taste
  1. Prepare the stuffing by rubbing the slices of bread into fine breadcrumbs, mix in the Parmesan, egg, 1 clove of garlic very finely chopped, the parsley and and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Tap the mussels and do not use if they don't close. Scrub them with a brush and de-beard the mussels, removing any which are chipped or broken. Soak the mussels in luke warm water as they slowly open insert the point of a knife into the opening cutting the muscle that attaches it to the shell. Open its shell a little but don't break its hinge.
  3. Fill the mussels with approximately a teaspoon of stuffing and then press them close.
  4. In a fying pan sauté the remaining clove of garlic in a generous amount of olive oil, add chopped parsley and your 2 tomatoes roughly chopped and add the mussels ontop. Cook for a minimum of 20 minutes.
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