||Pilafi Me Mythia (Mussel Pilaf)
||greek, fish, Seafood, Main dish
1 1/2 kg Fresh mussels
1/4 c Olive oil
1/4 c Butter
1 lg Onion; finely choppped
1/2 c Dry white wine
Freshly ground black pepper
2 c Short grain rice
1/4 c Chopped parsley
Parsley sprigs, lemon wedges
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Scrub mussels with a stiff brush, scraping shells with a knife blade to
clean them thoroughly. Tug beard towards pointed end to remove. Place in
a bowl of lukewarm salted water until mussels open. If any are open to
begin with, tap shell - if mussel does not close, then discard it. While
mussels are open, run lukewarm water into the bowl so that any sand can be
expelled from the mussels. Drain.
Heat oil and butter in a deep pan and add onion. Fry gently until
transparent. Add mussels, cover pan and cook for 5 minutes until shells
open. If any do not open, then discard them. Add 3 cups cold water,
wine, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and pepper to taste. Cover pan and bring to a
slow simmer. Simmer gently for 10 minutes, then remove mussels with a
Wash rice until water runs clear, then add to liquid in pan with the
parsley. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover
pan tightly and cook over low heat for 15 minutes.
While rice is cooking scoop mussels from shells and reserve. Keep 6
mussels in the shell for garnish. Put shelled mussels on top of rice.
Place two paper towels over rim of pan and fit lid on firmly. Leave on
low heat for further 5 minutes, then remove pan to side of stove and leave
for 10 minutes.
Blend mussels through rice with a fork and pile pilafi in a dish. Garnish
with reserved mussels, parsley sprigs and lemon wedges.
Note: 1/2 cup tomato puree (not paste) may replace 1/2 cup water for a
From: "The Complete Middle East Cookbook" by Tess Mallos.
ISBN: 186302 069 1
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias