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Stuffed mussels

This tasty dish is often served in Carrara Marina, Massa and throughout the Versilia area. This recipe was recommended by a clever housewife from Camaiore, who shared the secrets of her recipes and the tricks it takes to make excellent cuisine.

Serves four.
1.5 or 2 kg of mussels
200/250 grams of mortadella
2 eggs
Bread crumbs, soaked in milk
60 grams of grated parmesan
500 grams of canned, peeled tomatoes, drained (or tomato paste)
1 glass of dry white wine
2 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Clean the mussels well, eliminating any hair visible between the shells. Separate the smaller mussels and set them aside to use for the filling. With a suitable knife, open the raw muscles starting with the flat part of the shell. Take care not to damage the valve and not to separate them completely. Once open, allow them to drain.

For the filling:
Mix the chopped mortadella, bread crumbs with the small boiled mussels, clove of garlic and parsley. Combine the mixture with two eggs, parmesan cheese and a dash of nutmeg. If desired, add a pinch of red pepper and a sprinkle of thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Fill the mussels, tying the two sides together with a bit of string. Starting from the center, place the mussels in a large pot. Arrange them in a spiral shape until you reach the edges. In a frying pan, prepare the sauce using the peeled tomatoes or tomato paste, a clove of garlic, a sprig of finely chopped parsley, a glass of white wine and half a cup of olive oil. If desired, add a pinch more of red pepper. Pour the sauce over the mussels and cook on low heat for about 45 minutes in a covered pan, until the sauce becomes thick. Avoid mixing with a wooden spoon, instead, occasionally shake the pan slightly to stir. When ready, remove the string and serve.
Article by the APT Versilia

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