Mussels are something that I overdose whenever in Spain or Italy, I just love them! I usually eat them in the traditional form of a soup, so I wanted to try something new today and create an eye-catching tapas dish. These Mediterranean tapas mussels are the perfect weekend getaway for a relaxing modern evening. They taste delicious with the slices of garlic and chili while the lovely green leaves add a degree of freshness. The plate looks quite spectacular without being pretentious and too fancy & has a gorgeous mixture of colours and a true feeling of seaside. This makes a great light lunch with a glass of chilled white wine or rosé especially if you are sitting by the sea in the summer! This dish also works as an amuse bouche at a cocktail party or just a cozy evening at home with your family and friends. The recipe is quick and easy, no fuss while it is all about the presentation.
In a heavy saucepan, melt some butter and add the onion and garlic and stir around for a couple of minutes until softened. Add some white wine & a bit of water and bring to boil. Add the mussels and cover the lid and cook over high heat until the mussels open, for about 8 minutes. Stir around once in a while. Discard any mussels that do not open. Ready to plate.
Open the mussels properly and arrange them beautifully on a plate. Add some baby arugula leaves on top, finely chopped chili that is mildly spicy and lots of fresh parsley. I made sure there was just a little bit of the broth on each mussel and bits of garlic and onion. Enjoy with rustic bread that is grilled in a bit of olive oil.