The Scottish - Irish Culinary Connection|
West Coast Mussels
The nations of Scotland and Ireland have many similarities - in their people, their language, their climate and their cooking.
Mussels from the sea lochs of the west coast [of Scotland] are delicious. To prepare them, scrub clean and boil in water.
Discard any of the shells which do not open. Highland hostess The Lady Glentruim serves these par excellence at Glentruim Castle in Inverness.
450g/1lb cooked mussels
100g/4oz/1/2 cup butter
50g/2oz/1/4 cup breadcrumbs
4 tbsp white wine
1 small onion
1/2 clove garlic
salt and pepper
Fry breadcrumbs in half the butter and put to one side, then fry the chopped onion and garlic in the remaining butter. Put the mussels, onion, and garlic seasoning in a shallow dish and cover with wine and breadcrumbs. Heat in oven pre-set at gas mark 5, 190°C, 375°F for 10-15 minutes and serve piping hot.