Friday, February 27, 2009
We love our freezer. It holds such goodies like black cod, back ribs, homemade spring rolls, and on this particular occasion, frozen New Zealand mussels!
I know that fresh mussels are always better, but M and I are usually too busy on the weekdays to shop for an assortment of food other than fresh vegetables or such, so this was handy to have around.
I also had been looking for an excuse to prepare Sara's Chickpea Fries. What else goes with mussels? Fries of course!
I had prepared the mixture for the chickpea fries ahead of time, and fried them prior to preparing the mussels.
For the mussels, I simply sauteed shallots and garlic in a pan, deglaised with white wine, deglaised with a small amount of seafood stock, added the thawed mussels and some diced bell pepper, covered with a lid, and allowed to cook for another 3-5 minutes. I then removed from the heat, stired to bring up all the juices and cooking liquid, garnished with chopped parsley, and plated.
The cooking rich liquid was later added to a seafood soup. Yum!
The dukkah recipe I used was from Allrecipes. It actually tasted a little bland the first day, but after storing in a jar in the fridge for a day, the flavours developed and tasted really good with leftover chickpea fries, in meatballs, and on tortilla chips dipped in a little bit of olive oil!
Photos can be found at my flickr photo set.
Allrecipes Dukkah Recipe.
Sara's Chickpea Fries.