Mussels with an Italian twist

Kevin isn’t known for being creative in the kitchen, but after cooking a delicious romantic meal for two on Valentine’s Day he was obviously suitably inspired to have a go at something else. His choice of mussels was a good one as not only do we both love the wee molluscs, but it gave us the opportunity to take a walk down to the shore and pick some!

Although the day was a bit on the grey side, at a mild 8 degrees we didn’t get numb fingers whilst harvesting and added to that, the wonderful seaside smell and fresh air resulted in a very pleasant half hour.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 med. red onion peeled & chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves            ”                “
  • 1 long, fresh chilli de-seeded & chopped
  • 150ml/5floz dry, white wine
  • 200-300g/7-11oz fresh, ripe tomatoes, chopped or 1/2 x 400g/14oz can whole tomatoes, chopped
  • 2kg/4 1/2lb fresh mussels, washed and cleaned
  • 4 tbsp fresh, chopped basil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fry onion, garlic and chilli in the oil, in a large saucepan (which has a lid for later use) over a moderate heat until beginning to soften. Add the wine and boil hard to reduce off the alcohol. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer over a low heat for about 20 mins. Turn heat to full, throw in mussels and put lid on. Give the pan a good shake a couple of times during cooking and in 4 or 5 minutes, they’re done. Throw in the basil, shake to mix then serve scattered with the remaining bread and some crusty bread. (Serves 6-8 as a starter, 4 as a main course)


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4 Responses to “Mussels with an Italian twist”

  1. ceciliag Says:

    That is fantastic and SO reminds me of home, gathering food from the sea then toddling off home for a cook up. How wonderful.. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      I guess that’s one of the things you miss out there in the middle of the praries! Interestingly,several of our visitors have commented on the similarities between Skye and NZ. Obviously not in terms of the weather however!

  2. Teri Says:

    Sounds wonderful. I’m going to try it when the grocery has some nice looking mussels. That’s one thing I so enjoyed in Scotland… the incredible variety of seafood.

  3. garybuie01 Says:

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy it very much Teri – a nice change from the more usual garlicky/winey/creamy sauces!

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