woensdag 2 november 2011

Mosselrecepten van Valentine Warner

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Stuffed mussels

This makes a great starter or light lunch dish. Use the biggest, freshest mussels you can find.
24 large live mussels, de-bearded and cleaned
1 large banana shallot, finely chopped
70g/2½oz unsalted butter, softened
50ml/2fl oz dry vermouth
2 garlic cloves, crushed
30-40 walnut halves, smashed or chopped into small pieces
1 lemon, juice and zest
25g/1oz parmesan, grated
50g/2oz fresh breadcrumbs
2 tbsp very finely chopped parsley
½ tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon
freshly ground black pepper
rock salt
Preparation method
Preheat the grill to a moderate heat. Discard any mussels that are broken or that don’t close when tapped. Place the good mussels into a large pan with a splash of boiling water and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Cook over a high heat for two minutes or until the mussels have just opened then pour them into a large colander and leave to cool.
In a small pan, soften the shallot in about one third of the butter then add the vermouth. Cook until the vermouth has evaporated then pour the mixture into a large bowl.
Combine the rest of the ingredients and the remaining butter with the shallots in the bowl and season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
Remove and discard the top shells of the mussels. Add a teaspoon of the stuffing to each mussel and arrange them on a large baking tray. Place under the grill for 2-3 minutes or until the stuffing is golden-brown and bubbling. Transfer the mussels to a plate and scatter generously with rock salt to keep them stable. Eat with additional lemon if desired.
Hearty winter mussels

These rich and creamy mussels are gloriously messy to eat - have a big pile of napkins and a finger bowl to hand.
40g/1½oz butter
2 medium banana shallots, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
50ml/2fl oz pastis
1 tbsp plain flour
150ml/5fl oz milk
1kg/2lb 4oz mussels, de-bearded and cleaned
300ml/10fl oz white wine
200ml/7fl oz double cream
crusty bread, to serve
Preparation method
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and gently cook the shallots, garlic, celery and bay leaf until soft but not brown. Add the pastis and continue cooking until the liquid has evaporated.
Stir in the flour and gently cook for a minute or so then slowly add the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously, to make a smooth, thick sauce.
Meanwhile, tip the mussels and wine into a separate pan, cover with a lid and steam the mussels for 3-4 minutes until the shells have just opened.
Place a colander over the pan containing the white sauce and drain the mussel liquor into the sauce. Return the mussels to their pan and cover with a lid to keep warm.
Working quickly, whisk the mussel liquor into the sauce, bring it to the boil and continue boiling until it is the consistency of double cream. Stir in the cream, pour the sauce into the pot of mussels and serve immediately with crusty bread.

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