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Crimean Mussel Pilaf recipe

2 qrts mussels
1 cup white wine
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 oz butter
onion, thinly sliced
10 oz rice
salt and pepper
2 tbsp chopped parsley
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It is necessary to wash mussels carefully to rid them of sand and mud. Left for an hour in 1 or 2 gallons of cold water with a handful of salt, they disgorge and release some of the sand. Clean the mussels by rubbing them against each other in the water. Change the water two or three times. A mussel may be full of mud and so vacuum-tight that even washing won't open it. To check for mud, push with your fingers in opposite directions to make both shells slide open. If the mussel is full of mud, discard it. Put the mussels in a large pan, add the white wine and garlic; cover and cook over high heat, stirring once, for 5-7 minutes or until opened. Remove from their shells, discard the beards and reserve the mussels. Strain the cooking liquid through muslin and add enough water to make it up to 700ml. Set the oven at moderate, 180C (35OF). Melt the butter in a heavy-based pan and cook the onion slowly until soft but not brown. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are transparent and the butter is absorbed. Add the mussel liquid with pepper. Cover the pan, bring to the boil and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Stir in the mussels, cover and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes. Allow the rice to stand for 5-10 minutes.

Recipe category: Fish-and-Seafood, Vegetable-Dishes > Rice

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