Bloody Mary mussels
- 2 x 900g packs mussels (raw and unprepared), from the fish counter
- 25g butter
- 4 shallots, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 150ml dry white wine
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- Stick of celery, sliced
- 400ml tomato juice
- 4 tbsp vodka
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Dash of tabasco
- Crusty bread, to serve
Wash the mussels in cold running water, discarding any that are open or have broken or cracked shells.
Pull and scrape off the beards – the stringy fibres that stick out of the shells.
Use a small, sharp knife to carefully remove any barnacles stuck to the mussels. Rinse again to ensure you’ve got rid of any other bits of broken shell.
Melt the butter in your largest pan, then cook the shallots and celery over a low heat for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and tabasco plus 150ml water, then season. Heat until simmering. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the mussels. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the shells have opened. The mussels cook in the steam, so shake the pan repeatedly to make sure they cook evenly. Check the mussels and discard any that haven’t opened.
Add the vodka and heat through. Divide the mussels between 4 bowls and pour over the sauce, then sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm with crusty bread.
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