White wine Mussels & garlic bread

It’s been so cold for days now in Zagreb and all I’m thinking about is summer and spending my time at the beach or swimming in the sea. Every time I think of summer, delicious Mediterranean recipes pop up, either it’s fish or other seafood, I love it all, especially as I’m used to preparing fresh seafood from the Adriatic. This time it’s mussels and it’s been months since I last prepared them.

There’s an amazing fact about mussels and the Adriatic sea, if you get to the Croatian seaside or one of the islands there are so many mussels you can notice them growing on the ropes of boats tied to the shore. For me the best mussels are the Adriatic ones and that’s just what they remind me of every time I prepare them in Zagreb, which is a long way from the seaside. At the Croatian coast there’s a simple and traditional way of preparing mussels which requires just a few ingredients, and of course Croatian white wine. I’m sharing that recipe with you today and can’t wait to hear the feedback!

Mussels & garlic bread_newMussels & garlic bread_new3

A few interesting facts about Mussels:

  • Mussels have been cultivated for almost 800 years in Europe, and have been used as a food source for more than 20,000 years
  • They are largest in October and smallest in March
  • Mussels feed entirely on plankton, to do this they can filter up to 65 litres of water a day
  • Ounce for ounce mussel meat contains more protein than beef stock, much less fat, many more mineral nutrients and a quarter of the calories
  • Scientists are trying to develop a mussel-based adhesive for use in eye surgery

Mussels & garlic bread_new2

Follow me on Facebook – Recipes by chefkreso

Follow me on Instagram – chefkreso

Follow me on Twitter – chefkreso

Enjoy & happy cooking!

Mediterranean mussels

Mussels & garlic bread_new5


Preparation: 30 min

Cook time: 45 min

Servings: 4


Ingredients

  • 1,5 kg mussels
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp shallot, freshly chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Mussels & garlic bread_new4

How to

  1. Using a small knife clean the shells if needed and wash them.
  2. In a large sauce pan or even a large pot heat 4 tbsp of olive oil. Add pressed garlic and parsley. After simmering for a minute stir in cleaned mussels, a bit of lemon juice and some salt & pepper if needed.
  3. Pour in white wine, add oregano and basil, cook to a boil. Reduce heat and cover the pot and let them simmer for a few more minutes.
  4. When shells open, stir the pot and that’s it!
  5. Sprinkle some olive oil over each slice of bread, spread over some pressed garlic and freshly chopped shallot. Grill the bread until crispy. Enjoy!
Advertisements

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful dish! 🙂 everything looks great!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks Linda, I was so happy to have shared this amazing recipe so other people can enjoy it as much as I do!

      Like

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, give them a try! 😁

      Like

  2. One of my favorite dishes 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Happy to hear it! Thanks for checking it out, and share how you like it if you give it a try!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh these sound so fabulous! I’ve only ever had mussels at a restaurant.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      I love preparing them at home,they remind me of summer and the seaside so much and that’s the best thing about them! 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I cooked mussels with Pošip while in Croatia – it worked beautifully well!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Pošip is a great addition, and such a tasty wine!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Sarah Baade says:

    Mussels in white wine has got to be the best way to eat them. I’m definitely going to have to try this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      I absolutely agree! Give them a try and share how you liked them 🙂

      Like

  6. Ohhhhh you know mussels are my weakness and these are no exception!!
    Thank you for sharing some fun facts about Mussels, I had no idea their size varies by the month/ season!
    Looks very yummy, I’m sure they did not last long haha!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      The didn’t, my dad and I ate the whole pot, and they were so delicious! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Andrea says:

    One of my favourites 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Those mussels look absolutely delicious! I wish they were in my area!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, try them out if you ever get a chance, they’re really tasty 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Jen says:

    Mussels are delicious! My favourite! Unfortunately it’s very hard to get some from where I live now. Yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing, chef.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks for checking the recipe out!! If you get a chance prepare them, so yummy!! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  10. So many good flavors in this recipe Kreso! We dont’ see many mussels here– but when we lived in Spain, they were everywhere. thanks for your verison!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Oh I have to try the Spanish version next time I’m in Barcelona or Madrid 😀

      Like

      1. Hi Kreso! Spain does serve up such flavorful seafood!! I wish I lived where you do to be able to travel quickly to so many amazing places!!

        Liked by 1 person

  11. My Real Dish says:

    Love the twist with wine wine instead of red!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Who knew mussels had so much to offer and were more than just delicious? What a terrific recipe!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s