Chef Gianluca Deiana Abis: Breaded Mussels
Prep. time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: 2 out of 5
2 pounds large mussels, cleaned
1/4 cup dry why wine
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons finely minced pancetta
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil
In a heavy saucepan, heat the wine, then add the mussels, cover, and bring to a boil. Cook just until the mussels open, then remove them to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
Strain the wine and liquid released by the mussels through a fine sieve and cook until it is reduced to 1/4 cup. Remove one half of the mussel shell and release the meat from the other half shell. Line a baking pan with foil and place the half mussel shells with the mussels on top of each. In a frying pan, heat half the olive oil with the pancetta and cook until it is light brown, add the garlic and stir. Add the bread crumbs and seasonings and cook over medium heat a minute or two just until the mixture just begins to brown . Remove from the heat. Preheat the broiler to high. Using a spoon, cover the mussels with the bread mixture pressing it down lightly to shape it around the mussel meat. Drizzle the mussels with the remaining olive oil as well as the strained wine mixture. Place the mussels under the broiler and cook just until the crumb mixture turns light brown.
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To prepare the mussels, rinse them thoroughly under water, and scrub the shells, removing the beards. Discard any mussels with broken shells.