European-style Steamed Mussels

Ingredients:
• 4lbs of Hollander & de Köning mussels
• 1 stick of celery, chopped
• 2 onions peeled and diced
• 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
• 1 large leek, washed and sliced
• ½ red pepper, diced
• ½ green pepper diced
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• ¾ pint of white wine
• 1 Bay leaf
• fresh coriander leaves
• 1 tsp olive oil
• Salt and freshly milled black pepper

Instructions:
1) Wash the mussels under running water and scrub the mussels with a stiff brush. Discard any open mussels that do not close within 30 seconds if you tap them.

2) Put a teaspoon of olive oil, the chopped vegetables, herbs and garlic in a large pan with a close fitting lid and stir-fry them for a minute or two.
3) Add the wine, ½ tsp salt and plenty of freshly milled black pepper. Place the pan on a very high heat.
4) As soon as the liquid is boiling, add the mussels and put the lid on the pan, ensuring a good tight fit. Steam the mussels for just long enough so that all the mussels are open, but no longer than that, or the mussels will be less tender.
5) Serve immediately in a warmed serving dish. Crusty bread is delicious when dipped in the broth.

Recipe courtesy of Acadia Aquafarms.

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