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Garlic, chilli and tomato mussels

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.

The mussels were divine. With added flavour and veg from Anathoth‘s Tomato Relish. Together they worked a real treat! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Serves 4

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

To serve:

  • 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.


Barbara March 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I have just eaten half a baguette with Anathoth apricot jam. Love their products. Great recipe. I much prefer the smaller Australian mussels. I find the NZ one too big.

Mademoiselle Slimalicious March 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

You blog is lovely! I’m dreaming of having a TEFAL Fresh Express, I’ll definitely be back on Friday!!!!

Nami | Just One Cookbook March 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Although I’m not a big mussels fan myself I somehow get attracted to this kind of food. I usually eat 2-3 mussels and that’s it, but I enjoy dipping bread in the sauce and that’ what I’m looking forward to. I let my husband eat the most and I’ll enjoy the leftover flavor. :-)

rsmacaalay March 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Anything with mussels is so good, I just love their flavours!

[email protected] March 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Mussels truly are one of natures gifts and I just can’t understand how someone can’t love them. The flavour is glorious, especially when complemented with the ingredients you’ve used here. Great recipe!

Anna @ the shady pine March 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Such a tasty dish…this looks great. A bowl of these would put a smile on anyone’s face!

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide March 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Brilliant and simple. Looks fantastic.

cjdelgrosso March 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Love mussels, any dish made with mussels is a winner for me! Great post!! Stop by http://www.delgrossofoodblog.com and I’ll share some great recipes with you!

Bam's Kitchen March 22, 2012 at 1:46 am

I love mussels the only one in my family that does. You recipe is lovely with the addition of chilies. Also a big congrats on the startup of your new company. Best wishes on your new endeavor. Take care, BAM

Wholesome Cook March 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks BAM, the venture isn’t all that new, I have just decided to formalise it a little with a dedicated site while I blog.

Smallfry March 22, 2012 at 6:55 am

Anathoth apricot jam is one of my favourite products, didn’t realise they did relishes as well, just looked at their blog, they almost dedicate their site to you !!

Wholesome Cook March 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

I know, it’s very kind of them to have done so. As far as the relishes go, they can be found where sauces and relishes normally are at most supermarkets. Currently there are 3 available in Australia. Can’t wait for the beetroot relish to make its way to our shores.

Courtney March 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

Oh, that looks so good. I LOVE mussels – and usually just have them in a white wine sauce. I love this idea, though!

filingawaycupcakes March 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

These look heavenly! Do you just shop at whole foods, or your local grocery?

Wholesome Cook March 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

That depends, most fresh fruit and veg I get from the green grocer’s or markets. Meat I buy from the big chains or butcher’s but choose organic or free range. If buying pre-packaged food I read labels and make sure they are no or low additive – that’s how I first found Anathoth! Seafood is mostly from the fish markets…

muppy March 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thats super exciting, and this looks incredible moreish.

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Miss Piggy March 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Congrats on the food developing recipe thingy gig…awesome news! You must be thrilled to be taking things to a more professional level with your amazing cooking.

Wholesome Cook March 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thanks Mel, I thought it was time to publicize a little of what I do. I absolutely love it and wouldn’t change it !

lateraleating March 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Yum! Mussels are one of those foods that are best when simply prepared.

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