Mussels make for a great appetizer, best served family style, or even make for a great main dish! When making and eating mussels we use P.E.I Mussels. P.E.I referring to Prince Edward Island which is an island off the coast of Canada’s Nova Scotia province. The reason why these mussels are so good and have become so well known is because of the perfect conditions that are present in this area for culturing mussels.
Our favorite mussels to eat are those that use Thai inspired flavors. In this case, in the form of coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, lime, and mint. This dish yields a broth that is subtle, yet complex in flavor.
When buying mussels, there are a few things you want to look for in order to ensure they are as fresh as possible.
The ingredients work so well together in this dish! You will pick up on sweetness from the coconut milk, acidity from the lime, floral notes from the lemongrass, lime zest and honey, heat from the garlic, ginger and chili flakes, and freshness from the mussels and mint.
The dish truly is packed with flavor and is an amazing one to try if you are unfamiliar with cooking with these ingredients and are looking to branch out with your mussel cookery. Here's your grocery list:
While there are many mussels that you will buy that are precleaned, that's not always be the case. In our experience, the best way to clean mussels is to put them in a large sink, sprinkle salt on the shells (about 1 cup of salt to 2 pounds of mussels) and vigorously rub them together for about 2 minutes. The combination of friction and salt causes all the excess barnacles and grime on the outsides of the shells to rub off.
Mussels can be cooked in a plethora of ways and are utilized in many different cuisines around the world. Chances are, yourself or your family has a recipe for cooking or eating them that you grew up with. That’s one of the great things about mussels, they are so diverse.
We recommend you serve these with a good portion of the broth in a bowl and white bread.
Cheers and eat well!
Prince Edward Island mussels cooked in a delicately balanced coconut milk broth with Thai-inspired flavors.
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