Mussels with Red Pesto Recipe

Mussels with Red Pesto Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 shallot, finely chopped
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup dry red wine
1 sprig of thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

900 g/2 lb fresh mussels, scrubbed and bearded
60 ml/4 tbsp red pesto

1 lime, cut into wedges

Crusty bread, to serve

Method :

Place the shallot, wine, thyme and bay leaf in a large saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then add the mussels, cover and simmer for about 4 minutes until they have opened. Discard any that remain closed. Drain the mussels, remove the top shells and loosen the mussels from the bottom shells. Arrange the mussels in their bottom shells in a shallow flameproof dish. Spoon over the pesto sauce, squeeze the juice from one or two lime wedges over and season to taste with pepper. Flash under a hot grill (broiler) for 2 minutes until the pesto bubbles, then serve at once garnished with the remaining lime wedges. Serve with crusty bread.

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