Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chef Chuck's Mussels and Brushetta

Cozze al Limone

Mussels, are black beauties from the sea, so easy to prepare and a delight to eat.
An inexpensive seafood appetizer, along with brushetta. Brushetta, which is a toasted bread rubbed with garden fresh organic garlic, tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper, pairs well with the mussels.

1 pound mussels
2 tablespoons extra

virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup white wine

salt and pepper

juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Wash and scrub mussels, set aside, in a large frying pan heat olive oil, add garlic and simmer for 30 seconds add mussels, wine, salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer till mussels open then add juice of half a lemon and sprinkle parsley on top, serve. Serves 2


4 slices of rustic Italian bread
1 garlic clove
2 tomatoes, chopped
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

fresh parsley, chopped

Broil slices of bread till golden brown, rub with garlic, top with tomatoes, salt, pepper, parsley and drizzle olive oil on top. Broil again for 1 minute or less.


  1. I adore mussels prepared this way! Looks fabulous, Chef Chuck!

  2. One of my favorite suppers!

  3. Hi Maryann, A meal in itself, that it is! Thanks :)

  4. You're reminding me of how it's been since I've had mussels. This would be good for tonight's dinner! Looks great.

  5. Hi Ciao Chow Linda, It is easily done! Enjoy :)
    Thank You

  6. Two of my favorites, cozze and bruschetta!!! Love the combo, I had it Saturday at the beach. Do you know telline? AKA arselle? In English wedge clams. Sauté them in garlic and olive oil until they open (30 sec), shell and pile on toasted garlicky rustic bread for a divine seafood bruschetta. Optional parsley...

  7. Ciao Lola, YuMM, They are like baby clams I believe.
    I will have to try them one day on bread! Grazie :)

  8. One of my favorite meals! This looks delicious Chuck!

  9. Hi Yankeesoaper, Thank you! :)

  10. I must confess, Mussels & Brushetta are a splendid "marriage" and one I can only totally enjoy at home:)

    Thanks for sharing, Chef Chuck

  11. This would be right up my husband's alley. Very elegant as well.

  12. Hi Louise, They do pair up well,please enjoy:)
    Your welcome, Thank You!

  13. Ho Bridgett, This is a good time to make your hubby happy!! Thank You:)

  14. This is one of my favourite mussel preparations - do you know how many oz of actual meat you get from the 1 lb in-shell? I've got another recipe calling for shelled meat weight and I have no clue!

  15. Hi Sarha, Mine too!! I never did know how much. Thank you :)