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Mussel Antipasto

Ingredients

Cozze gratinate

  • 1.5 kilo fresh mussels
  • Fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped capers (Camel)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (Borges)
  • Grated lemon zest
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Bruschetta con cozze

  • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small aubergine
  • Fresh herbs – mint, basil, parsley
  • Fresh chilli
  • Extra virgin olive oil (Borges)

Cozze, pomodoro e ricotta

  • 2 tomatoes
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 spoon chopped capers (Camel)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 3 tbsp ricotta (Benna)

Method

Scrub and clean the mussels under cold running water. Place them in a pot, cover tightly with cling film, put over moderate fire and allow steaming till all mussels are open.

Remove ½ of the shell of the mussels and place on a baking tray. Pour breadcrumbs in a bowl and mix together with the parmesan, garlic, parsley, capers, lemon zest and a generous flow of olive oil. Mix well and bind with enough water which is obtained from the mussels. Press the mixture on the halve shell mussels and bake until golden.

Cut the aubergine into fine dice and shallow fry in hot oil till soft. Next add in the garlic, cherry tomatoes, chilli and mixed herbs, cook for another minute. Stir in enough mussels meat, season with salt and pepper. Place on top of the toasted bread and serve lukewarm

Wash the tomatoes and cut a cap out of each one, carefully hollow the filling and cut a very thin slice from the bottom in order that the tomatoes stand still. Place on a baking tray, fill with mussel meat. Min in a separate bowl, the chopped parsley, capers, chopped garlic, oregano, lemon zest and the ricotta. Spoon the ricotta mixture over the mussel meat and bake until golden.


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