Creamy Pesto Mussels Recipe - Gen Taylor Recipe Video

Creamy Pesto Mussels Recipe

By: Genevieve Taylor

Creamy pesto mussels served with grilled little gem lettuce and crusty bread.

Prep Time
15 Min
Cook Time
15 Min
Yield
2
Difficulty
Easy

Creamy Pesto Mussels Recipe

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Ingredients

Directions

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Ingredients

For the mussels: 

1kg (2¼ lbs.)

mussels 

25g (⅓ cup)

pine nuts 

50g (bunch)

basil, leaves and thinner stalks roughly torn 

2 tbsp.

olive oil 

75ml (5 tbsp.)

double cream 

15g (2 tbsp.)

freshly grated parmesan 

1 clove

garlic, chopped

a squeeze (2 tsp.)

lemon juice, to taste

salt and freshly ground black pepper 


For the grilled Little Gems: 

2

Little Gem lettuces,
sliced in half through the root 

2 tbsp.

olive oil 

1 tbsp.

white wine vinegar 

½ tsp.

caster sugar 

1 sprig

rosemary, needles picked & chopped 

salt and freshly ground black pepper 

crusty bread, to serve

Directions

What to do in the kitchen: 

  1. Tip the mussels into a colander and wash really well under cold running water. Discard any mussels that don’t shut when given a sharp tap against the edge of the colander, and pull away any beard-like threads. Set aside. 
  2. To make the pesto, set a small frying pan over medium heat and tip in the pine nuts, toasting for a couple of minutes until they smell wonderfully nutty. Add to a food processor and pulse to grind. Add the basil and pulse again. Then add the olive oil, cream, parmesan, lemon, and a good seasoning of salt and pepper and whizz to a smooth creamy paste. Scoop into a bowl and set aside. 
  3. To make the dressing for the grilled lettuce, add the olive oil, vinegar, caster sugar, rosemary and a seasoning of salt and pepper to a small jar and shake to combine.

What to do at the Barbecue:

  1. Fire up the barbecue. If you are using gas, set the burners to medium-high heat and leave to heat up for 10 minutes. Or with charcoal, light the fire and give the coals 30-40 minutes burn time so you have a good bed of glowing embers before you begin to cook. 
  2. Once the barbecue is ready, prepare the foil parcels of mussels. Take 2 sheets of foil and lay one over the other in a cross shape. Repeat. 
  3. Divide the mussels between the 2 foil crosses, piling them into the middle. Bring up the sides to create walls and then spoon half of the pesto onto each pile. Tightly seal to make 2 enclosed parcels. Place the parcels onto the grill bars and cook for 10 minutes, turning over a couple of times during cooking. 
  4. Remove a parcel and carefully open it up - it should be steaming hot and all the shells open. If not, reseal and cook for another 5 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on the heat of the grill. 
  5. Whilst the mussels are cooking, cut the lettuces in half through the root. Brush the cut sides generously with dressing and place on the grill, cut side down. Cook for a few minutes until soft and lightly grilled. 
  6. Serve the mussels and grilled lettuce with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Wash the mussels thoroughly - Gen Taylor Video Recipe

Wash the mussels thoroughly

Sauce the mussels and then seal them tightly in foil - Gen Taylor Video Recipe

Sauce the mussels and then seal them tightly in foil

Make sure all of the mussels open before serving - Gen Taylor Recipe Video

Make sure all of the mussels open before serving

Serve with crusty bread and grilled baby gem lettuce - Gen Taylor Recipe Video

Serve with crusty bread and grilled baby gem lettuce

GenevieveTaylor
Genevieve Taylor

Live fire and barbecue expert Genevieve Taylor is the author of nine cookery books including The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook and MasterChef: Street Food of the World.

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Wash the mussels thoroughly - Gen Taylor Video Recipe

Wash the mussels thoroughly

Sauce the mussels and then seal them tightly in foil - Gen Taylor Video Recipe

Sauce the mussels and then seal them tightly in foil

Make sure all of the mussels open before serving - Gen Taylor Recipe Video

Make sure all of the mussels open before serving

Serve with crusty bread and grilled baby gem lettuce - Gen Taylor Recipe Video

Serve with crusty bread and grilled baby gem lettuce