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Graham's Mediterranean Mussels Recipe

Graham's Mediterranean Mussels

Rating 4-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
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Graham's Mediterranean Mussels is a simple dish with big tasty Mediterranean flavours. Soft mussels with the sweetness of chick peas and onions to contrast against the fresh, crisp fennel, all finished with fresh chives and lemon zest to lift the flavour one more level.

      Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients for Graham's Mediterranean Mussels

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to serve 4:
FOR THE MUSSELS
2 lb
uncooked mussels
¼ pint
dry white wine
2 oz
butter
1
onion
1 stick
celery
 
bouquet garni
FOR THE REMAINDER
3 tablespoons
duck fat
1 medium
onion
2 cloves
garlic
1 bulb
fresh fennel
1 x 12oz can
chick peas in brine
1
lemon
¼ pint
white wine
 
salt and pepper
20 - 30 stalks
fresh chives
 
crushed chili flakes

 

How to Cook Graham's Mediterranean Mussels

  1. Cook the mussels. Strain off all the liquid and solids retaining only the mussels. Set to one side to cool a little, then remove the shells.
  2. Cut the fennel in half (you'll only be using one half in this recipe). Slice it thin. Peel and chop the garlic. Drain the chick peas and rinse them in fresh water. Chop the chives and grate (shred) the zest from the lemon.
  3. Peel and chop the onion. Melt the duck fat in a large frying pan (skillet) and add the chopped onion. Cook gently for 5-6 minutes until translucent. Increase the heat a little and add the olive oil, garlic and fennel and sauté for about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the chick peas, white wine and lemon zest. Allow everything to come to the simmer, then add the shelled mussels. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Allow the mussels to come quickly back to heat (without further cooking) then sprinkle in the chopped chives and a pinch or two of chili flakes. Remove from the heat and serve immediately with crusty whole wheat bread.


Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
If you prefer to use flat leaf parsley in place of chives - no problem!
 
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Reviews of Graham's Mediterranean Mussels

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again August 24 2013
Amazingly tasty! I made it for a little lunch with 'the girls' and we washed it down with some chilled white wine. It was very good. Takes a bit of time but the result is worth it
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