Cape Malay mussels

Cape Malay mussels

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  • 2
  • Easy
  • Pescatarian
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008


  • 3 cups white wine
  • 1 1/2 t sea salt
  • 16 fresh mussels, in their shells
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1 cup butternut, grated
  • 1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 celery leaves
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • Fresh fennel fronds, to garnish
  • For the roast fennel
  • 1 bulb fennel, halved lengthways
  • 2 t extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the boiled leek
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 large leek, cleaned and quartered

Cooking Instructions

Bring the wine and salt to the boil. Simmer the mussels in the wine until just cooked.

Take the mussels out of the stock and remove from their shells while continuing to reduce the wine and mussel stock.

Place 1½ cups stock into a clean pan. Add the curry powder, butternut, onion, garlic and celery leaves. Bring to a simmer and cook until the butternut is soft.

Add the cream and simmer until reduced a little. Add the roast fennel, leek and mussels. Heat through.

Spoon onto plates, garnish with fennel fronds and serve immediately.

To prepare the roast fennel, preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place the fennel in a roasting dish, drizzle with olive oil and season. Cover with foil and roast until soft (about 18 minutes). Remove from the oven and slice into thin strips.

To prepare the boiled leek, bring the water and salt to the boil. Cook the leek in the water until soft. Remove and slice into thin strips.

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