New Zealand Mussels………..When I was in the Philippines, when you say New Zealand Mussels, An ordinary family might not eat this dish, because in my country, NZ mussels is more expensive than a kilo of beef or might even 3 times the price of a chicken and pork. But since, I am in NZ, this is one of the cheapest and freshest food available in all leading supermarket. I remember one of my first post here in my blog mussels with tomatoes and chillies. And since then, because every dinner in our table is different, this is just my 4th time I will eat mussels again in a span of 10 months. Gosh I missed this dish. Do you eat mussels? If you’re not in New Zealand, have you tried our NZ mussels? Must try………………………Did you know that mussels are high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and iodine. They are relatively low in calories and fat and have exceptional nutritional value. Omega-3 are the ‘good oils’ that are beneficial for the heart by helping lower cholesterol. Omega-3 also has anti-inflammatory properties. Selenium is an anti-oxidant compound that fights free radicals in the blood stream. Iodine is essential for natural production of thyroid hormones that contribute to basic metabolism as well as helping your body to efficiently burn calories……
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small red onions
- 1 thumb size ginger crushed and sliced
- 2 pc tomatoes (diced)
- 1 cup water
- 1 kg mussels(cleaned & rubbed)
- pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 green chillies
- some greens such as kangkong or chillie leaves
- heat sauce pan with olive oil, saute garlic, onion, ginger & tomatoes for 2-3 mins.
- Add mussels and cover with a lid and simmer for 3-5 mins or until they are opened.
- add water, seasoned with salt & pepper, chillies and some greens.
- Serve hot!!!
Are you still there? This is the 2nd recipe and part of our 7 course dinner with my friend. Since we are in New Zealand, I decided to have a Baked Mussels with triple cheese and greens. I remember when I was in the Philippines, New Zealand Mussels are one of the most expensive items in the frozen stuffs at the supermarket. but here, Since I am in New Zealand, it is one of the most affordable dish to have. T make it my mussels a little bit elegant, I place triple cheese combinations such as parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella cheese and the traditional butter and garlic flavor. I just made 14 pcs, just enough for us. So it means there is no room for mistake for this appetizer. This photo was taken by the “master of food blogging”…………………..Did you know that mussels are excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and iodine. Omega-3 are the ‘good oils’ that are beneficial for the heart by helping lower cholesterol. Omega-3 also has anti-inflammatory properties. Selenium is an anti-oxidant compound that fights free radicals in the blood stream. Iodine is essential for natural production of thyroid hormones that contribute to basic metabolism as well as helping your body to efficiently burn calories.
Ingredients: Serves 7 persons
- 14 pcs mussels (boiled and shells are open and cleaned)
- 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella and cheddar cheese (mix together)
- salt and pepper
- slices of lettuce greens
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- In a non-stick pan, heat butter and place garlic. add in mussels and season with salt and pepper. set aside
- In a plate of bread crumbs, roll over mussels and place on shells. then pour cheese on top
- Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees celsius and bake mussels at 5 minutes or until cheese are melts.
- Garnish with salad greens upon serving.
Its one of the best appetizer(pulutan) in the world. best paired with a bottle of wine.(a glass would not be enough for me,heheheh)..A great starter for a small catering “plated set menu”…We called it casino because the first time I made this was in school…Its an italian style starter paired with their wines while playing casino or any form of gambling….Did you know that mussels are full of healthful vitamins and minerals. Shellfish particularly mussels are one of the best dietary sources of zinc, a mineral necessary for keeping your immune system healthy and to promote the healing of wounds…
Ingredients: serves 3-4 persons
- 15 pcs big mussels
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 tbsp hot sauce & mayonnaise on top(optional)
- 6 cloves finely chopped garlic
- 1 medium finely chopped onions
- in a pot, pour water and mussels and boil until it is mussels are opened. set aside. remove meat and save half shell
- IN a pan, heat butter but do not boil, add in garlic and onions and bread crumbs . set aside
- in a plate, pour in bread crumb mix and coat with mussels then place to its half shell
- preheat oven for 5 minutes at 180 degree celsius, bake for about 10 minutes.
- serve with mayonnaise on top and hot sauce
- enjoy it while drinking a bottle of wine
mussels with chilli and tomatoes
Mussels, mussels, mussels…this is my wife’s favorite dish. (in fact, my wife took this photo) The recipe is very simple, easy to prepare and so healthy particularly to those people who wants a low cholesterol diet. Because they are very low in fat.
They are also rich in minerals, including zinc and iron and a prime source of vitamin B12 , which your body needs in order to utilise folate.
The preparation time is approx 10 minutes and cooking time of 10-15 minutes…so “dim the lights, and here we go…”
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 small red onions
2 pc tomatoes (diced)
1 cup water
1 kg mussels(cleaned & rubbed)
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp parlsey (optional)
1. heat sauce pan with olive oil, saute garlic, onion & tomatoes for 2-3 mins.
2. Add mussels cover with a lid and steamed for 3-5 mins or until they are opened.
3. add water, seasoned with salt & pepper, chillies and garnish with parsley just before serving.
great for starters….enjoy!!!!