Monday, 14 May 2018
Greek mussels and rice
Mythopilafo - Mussels and Rice Pilaf
This is a favourite at any time of the year. The pilaf (pilafi in greek) is a perfect dish to enjoy with a glass of ouzo. We eat this meat-egg-dairy-free plate as a complete meal with a glass of wine, a plate of olives, a lettuce salad, some heavy bread and a piece of fruit or halvas to finish the meal.
I normally use a packet of ready steamed mussels along with a handful of fresh mussels still in their shell...if we have any fresh
There are several ways of preparing this dish. I boil the rice separately and make a tomato sauce to which I add the mussels and the rice
Tomato Sauce for Mydopilafo
Brown a chopped onion and a few cloves of garlic in olive oil. When these are soft add a wine glass of ouzo to the pot. You could just use wine.
Mix in a tin of chopped tomatoes or three big grated tomatoes and all their juice. Add chopped parsley, salt and lots of fresh pepper. A spoon of tomato paste adds colour if you're using fresh tomatoes.
Mix the sauce into the hot boiled rice and add the mussels.
Crete coming up soon!