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Mussels

Cioppino

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Dish Description: 
Cioppino is a fish stew derived from the various regional fish soups and stews of italian cuisine. Cioppino is traditionally made from the catch of the day, which in the dish's place of origin is typically a combination of dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish with fresh tomatoes in a wine sauce, often served over spaghetti or other long pasta and toasted buttered bread, either sourdough or baguette.
Ingredients: 
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 pounds bay scallops
  • 18 small clams
  • 18 mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1 1/2 cups crabmeat
  • 1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, cubed
Cooking Instructions: 
  1. Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large stockpot, add onions, garlic and parsley. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.
  2. Add tomatoes to the pot (break them into chunks as you add them). Add chicken broth, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Mix well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and crabmeat. Stir in fish, if desired. Bring to boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until clams open. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with warm, crusty bread

Mussels Marinara di Amore

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Ingredients: 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 8 ounces linguini pasta
  • 1 lemon - cut into wedges, for garnish
Cooking Instructions: 
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm oil and saute garlic until transparent.
  2. Add tomatoes, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes to skillet; reduce heat to low to simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
  4. Add wine and mussels to skillet; cover and increase heat to high for 3 to 5 minutes or until mussel shells are open.

Paella

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Ingredients: 
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 ounces chorize sausage, cut into pieces
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked Arborio rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 squid, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 8 slices lemon, for garnish
Cooking Instructions: 
  1. Heat olive oil in paella pan over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic and pepper; cook and stir for a few minutes. Add chorizo sausage, diced chicken, and rice; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 3 1/2 cups stock, wine, thyme leaves, and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally.
  2. Taste the rice, and check to see if it is cooked. If the rice is uncooked, stir in 1/2 cup more stock. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally. Stir in additional stock if necessary, up to 2 cups additional stock, 5 cups total. Cook until rice is done. 
  3. Stir in squid, tomatoes, and peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Arrange prawns and mussels on top. Cover with foil, and leave for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the foil, and scatter parsley over the food. Serve in paella pan, garnished with lemon wedges.

Bouillabaisse

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Ingredients: 
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig fennel leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 9 cups boiling water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 pounds sea bass
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 3/4 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

 

Cooking Instructions: 
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, and add the onions, leeks, chopped tomatoes, and garlic. Cook and stir over a low heat for a few minutes until all vegetables are soft.
  2. Stir in the fennel, thyme, bay leaf, and orange zest. Add shellfish and boiling water; stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Turn up the heat to high, and boil for about 3 minutes to allow the oil and water to combine.
  3. Add fish, and reduce the heat to medium. Continue cooking for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked. The fish should be opaque and tender, but still firm. Fish should not be falling apart.
  4. Taste the bouillabaisse and adjust the seasoning. Stir in saffron, and then pour soup into a warmed tureen or soup dishes. Serve immediately.

Mussels in Curry Cream Sauce

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Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic 
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine 
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 32 mussels - cleaned and debearded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
Cooking Instructions: 
  1. In a large saucepan, cook shallots and garlic in simmering wine until translucent.
  2. Stir in cream and curry powder. When sauce is heated through, add mussels. Cover, and steam mussels for a few minutes, until their shells open wide. With a slotted spoon, transfer steamed mussels to a bowl, leaving the sauce in the pan. Discard any unopened mussels.
  3. Whisk butter into the cream sauce. Turn heat off, and stir in parsley and green onions. Serve immediately.

Steamed Mussels II

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Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ground black pepper to taste

 

Cooking Instructions: 
  1. In a medium stock pot, heat butter over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until translucent.
  2. Pour in wine and mussels. Raise heat to medium/high and steam mussels until shells open, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour mussels and cooking liquid into a serving bowl, sprinkle with
    parsley and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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