A classic in their own right, garlic and chilli mussels are one of my ultimate comfort foods for all seasons. They are light and delightful in Summer, soulful when the days get shorter and nice chillingly cold. For me, sharing a bowl of hot mussels with a friend is more therapeutic than the conversation itself. There’s something special about this dish that just warms the heart.
Now in some exciting news… this particular recipe comes from a range of recipes I been asked to develop for Anathoth, a New Zealand based brand which aside from out-of-this-world natural jams (yes, ingredients are simply just fruit and sugar) also produces delicious natural pickles and relishes, which have recently been launched on the Australian market. I am thrilled to have a company of Anathoth’s calibre as a client, because we share similar beliefs about food and our approach to nutrition is a no-nonsense one. Oh, and I’ve created a new client site if you’d like to find out more about my professional recipe development and testing services.
Garlic, chilli and tomato mussels
The recipe uses already cleaned Boston Bay mussels but you can use New Zealand green lip mussels instead. If you can’t find Sambal paste, use 1-2 finely chopped red long chillies, with seeds.
For the mussels:
- 1kg Boston Bay mussels (cleaned, de-bearded)
- 3/4 cup Anathoth‘s Tomato Relish
- 1/4 cup apple cider // or white wine
- 2-3 tbsp Sambal chilli paste
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp oil
- 4 crusty sourdough bread rolls
To prepare the mussels: place mussels in a colander and rinse under cold running water for 2 minutes, removing any shell bits and impurities. Shake off excess water.
To cook the mussels: heat oil in large a heavy-based pan or wok until hot. Add garlic and mussels. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add cider, Tomato Relish and chilli paste. Stir for another minute, then cover and cook on high heat for a further 3-4 minutes, or until most mussels have opened up.
To serve: transfer mussels and sauce into serving bowls and serve with crusty sourdough bread rolls.