Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mussels in White Wine on the Beach

One of my favourite meals whilst travelling was a meal of mussels steamed in white wine, that we cooked and ate on the beach at Coffin Bay National Park. Easy one pot cooking, quick to prepare, minimal dishes, and very tasty...

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

1kg live mussels, rinsed and debearded
1 cup white wine
2 shallots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Handful fresh mixed herbs, such as parsley, optional
2 tbsp butter
Crusty bread, to serve

Combine the white wine, shallots and garlic in a large billy (or pot) over medium heat. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Add the mussels. Cover and increase the heat, cooking until all (or almost all) of the mussels have opened (about 5 minutes). Stir in herbs and butter, and remove from heat.

Eat straight from the billy, accompanied by the crusty bread (and the rest of the bottle of wine!)

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