Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mussels a la Provençal

2 kg (about 48) black mussels, scrubbed and debearded

200 g butter

1 onion, finely chopped

250 ml white wine

1 sprig fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

15 ml crushed garlic

2 ripe tomatoes, blanched, skinned and chopped

60 ml chopped fresh parsley

Heat 60 g of the butter in a large pot and fry the onion for about 2 minutes until golden.

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Add the wine, thyme and bay leaves and bring to the boil. Add mussels, cover and boil until they open wide. Discard any which remain shut. Strain the sauce into a clean pot. Deshell the mussels and gently pull out any beards that remain.

Heat the remaining butter in a clean frying pan and gently fry the mussels. Add the garlic, tomato and parsley, and heat through. Serve hot with new potatoes. Serves 4

Stuffed Calamari a la Marseillaise

1 kg whole calamari (with tentacles),

well cleaned

olive oil, salt, milled black pepper

2 onions, finely chopped

100 g white bread

1 litre milk

2 ripe tomatoes, blanched, skinned

and diced 3 egg yolks 15 ml crushed garlic

60 ml chopped fresh parsley

250 ml white wine

125 ml water

100 g fresh white breadcrumbs

Set the oven at 180° C. Grease a baking dish. Cut off the calamari tentacles and chop finely. Clean the calamari tubes ready for stuffing.

Heat a little olive oil in a medium saucepan and fry the onion and calamari tentacles until golden.

Place the bread in a bowl, pour over the milk and soak.

Squeeze out the excess milk, and add the bread to the pan with the tomato, egg yolks and half the garlic and parsley. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Fill the calamari tubes with the stuffing and sew closed with string, or fasten with skewers.

Place in the baking dish, pour in the white wine and water and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil and heat the oven grill. Mix together the breadcrumbs, remaining garlic and parsley, sprinkle on top of the calamari and grill until golden brown. Serves 6

... andjoyohoxing