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Pilafi Me Mythia (Mussel Pilaf)

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Category: Greek, Seafood

 Ingredients List

  • Karen Mintzias
  • 1 1/2 kg Fresh mussels
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 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


Serves: 6 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 slotted

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

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
different flavour.

Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

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