Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mussels Time !

Photo above:
Mussels... the Belgian way. With fries and Belgian beer, natuurlijk.
Check here for the whole story and yummy recipe - while the link lasts.

I invite you to my kitchen. Let's prepare mussels - my way ! With two chefs in the kitchen it goes quicker. One chopps the veggies (onions, shallots, carrots, celery, garlic...) while the other washes, debeards and srcubbs the mussels and discards the broken/open ones. Fry at low heat the veggies in oil or butter.

Add the mussels into the pan. I also added a splash of white wine and some spoons of tomato sauce.

After three or four minutes shake it, shake it !

Ready. You may sprinkle some cilantro and pepper if you wish.  
Would you like some beer to drink ? Or maybe wine ?
I prepared two sauces, mayo with garlic and white pepper and another with mayo, green olives, cappers, parsley and dill. We do not prepare French fries at home (so much smoke - ugh!) , we prefer to have our mussels with warm white bread and home made sauces.

Eu preparei dois molhinhos para acompanhar: maionese com alho picadinho e pimenta em po' branca. O outro era maionese com azeitonas verdes, alcaparras, salsinha e dill. Preparamos uma baguete fatiada quentinha no forno e pronto.

And the liquid from the bottom of the pan can be used as a base for a soup. I just added cooked diced carrots and enjoyed it the following day.

Com o caldo que sobra na panela eu acrescento cenoura picadinha cozida e faco uma sopa pro dia seguinte.


Presépio no Canal said...

Acabei de jantar e fiquei com fome outra vez!! ;-)
Esta um apetite este post! ;-)

Anita said...

Fome de caracois ? Ou de mexilhoes?

Pinay in Dutchland said...

I think I ate enough mussels last month and this month to last me the whole season. But I love love mussels. And they are so easy to cook, no sweat!

Presépio no Canal said...

Mexilhoes! Nao gosto de caracois!

Efrutik said...

Anita, you are killing me here! I just saw this post and literally am salivating and cursing that I am not anywhere near those beautiful dishes you made. And! I am not even a mussels fan, but clearly I have yet to have some good ones.

Btw I was so not kidding about coming over to your place for a meal once I'm in NL!

Anita said...

Efrutik, when are you coming to NL?

Efrutik said...

December, so nervous to say it hihi but yes, December!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

I'll be right over! LOL this looks really good. :-)