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Garlic Mussels with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce ‘Zughetti’

27/08/2017

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Garlic and white wine mussels served with spiralized zucchini ‘spaghetti’ (zughetti!), smothered in a creamy roasted red pepper sauce.

This delicious seafood recipe is both low in fat and high in flavour!

If you’re looking for a tasty, healthy and low-fat meal then look no further.

Ram packed full of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, zinc, iron and calcium, as well as vitamins A, B12 and C, a plate of garlic mussels and red pepper zucchini really is a meal with a nutrient high punch!

It’s super easy to make and the oven roasted red pepper sauce can also be used as a condiment or ingredient to include in other meals.

The next day after taking these pictures, because the red pepper sauce was so delicious, I made a whole heap more and once cooled, poured over some avocado and spiralized cucumber which made for a quick and tasty salad.

The following day, I used the remaining sauce as a dip for some sweet potato fries.

Seriously, this sauce rocks!

Anyhow, having cooked up some mussels for a seafood eating friend, I decided to make him a plate of spiralized zucchini to mix in with the red pepper sauce for a more substantial meal and he absolutely loved it.

He actually said it was one of the nicest things he’d had on a plate for ages which, considering that he’s more of a steak and chips kind of guy, was pretty cool to hear.

 

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I’m sure I’ve said it before but as was the case with this recipe, sometimes it’s when things are done on the spur of the moment that the results can work out for the best.

Click here to read my ‘How to Clean and Prepare Mussels’ post.

 

Garlic Mussels with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce ‘Zughetti’
Garlic and white wine mussels served with spiralized zucchini 'spaghetti' (zughetti!) smothered in the richest, creamiest roasted red pepper sauce. This delicious seafood recipe is both low in fat and high in flavour!
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For the Red Pepper Sauce
  1. 3 large red peppers
  2. 1/2 cup almond milk
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  5. Pinch salt
  6. Pinch pepper
  7. 1/3 cup nut butter
For the Mussels
  1. 2lb live mussels
  2. 1 cup dry white wine
  3. 2 shallots, chopped
  4. 3 clove garlic, chopped
  5. ½ cup double cream / coconut cream (optional)
  6. Pinch salt
  7. Pinch pepper
  8. Bunch fresh parsley, chopped
For the ‘Zughetti’
  1. 6 fresh zucchini, washed and spiralized
  2. 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  3. Pinch salt
  4. Pinch pepper
For the Red Pepper Sauce
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c and line a baking tray with kitchen foil.
  2. Wash the peppers and place in the baking tray before placing in the oven and roasting for approximately 30 minutes or until the skins blacken. Ensure that all sides of each pepper are blackened.
  3. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool before removing the blackened skins and discarding, along with the seeds and stem of the peppers.
  4. Place the remaining flesh of the peppers, along with the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Set aside.
For the Zucchini
  1. In a pan, heat the oil before adding the zucchini and gently sauté for a few minutes. Just before the zucchini starts to produce any water, sprinkle on the salt and pepper before adding the red pepper sauce to the pan and stirring all the contents together. Allowing the sauce to cook for just a minute or so is sufficient.
  2. Remove and set aside.
For the Mussels
  1. In a pot, add the butter and on a medium setting heat until melted. Add the shallots along with the garlic and sauté for a few minutes until softened.
  2. Add the wine, salt, pepper and half the parsley to the pot, stir together and cook for a few minutes until the wine reduces somewhat. Add the mussels, cover the pot with a lid and with the heat turned higher, allow to cook for approximately six minutes or until the mussel shells have opened (any longer will result in rubbery mussels).
  3. If adding the cream, do so at this point and cook for approximately a further minute.
  4. Remove the mussels from the pot with a spoon.. Don’t pour the mussels out as you want to ensure that any sand or grit remains at the bottom of the pot.
  5. Place the mussels in a bowl and slowly pour the remaining broth into a separate container in order to not disturb any grit that may have settled at the bottom.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining parsley over the mussels and serve along with the zucchini and pepper sauce.
Notes
  1. (If you haven’t prepared fresh mussels before, do go to my ‘How to Clean and Prepare Mussels’ post before cooking.)
  2. Studies have shown that it may be perfectly okay to consume mussels that remain closed after being cooked.
  3. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/10/29/2404364.htm
  4. http://frdc.com.au/research/Documents/Final_reports/2002-418-DLD.pdf
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