Delectable Mussel Winter Warmer Recipe

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Delectable Mussel Winter Warmer
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  1. ** Malay curry powder is very mild and aromatic, and not strong at all. So use an aromatic mix instead of any old curry powder, which will spoil the delicate tastes. I also use Five-Spice of Bengal, a wonderful mixture of whole cardamon, cumin, etc, but a similar breyani spice mix will do. The coconut milk always separates in the can, and I whisk it until smooth, in a bowl.
  2. Put a large tureen or bowl in a warming oven to warm up.
  3. Prepare the vegetables: if the butternut and potatoes are not cut into very small chunks, it will take too long to soften.
  4. Fresh mussels can be used, but will take more time to prepare. Pick over the mussels, as there are often broken bits of shell. Discard all empty shells as well. Rinse well and leave in a colander to drain.
  5. Heat a thin layer of oil in a LARGE pot, soup size - easier to handle.
  6. Fry the onion, potato, butternut bits and chopped bacon over fairly high heat, stirring through often. It might catch, in which case add a little more oil or a little water.
  7. When the butternut and potato bits are tender, add the Malay curry powder and the spice. Stir and sauté for a few minutes to develop flavour. Don't burn.
  8. Turn heat lower and add the tomatoes. Add sugar and stir through.
  9. Add the coconut milk, oyster and fish sauces to the pot. Stir through to mix everything well.
  10. When the mixture simmers again, add the mussels all at once, and with a wooden spoon stir through until they are mixed with the sauce.
  11. Simmer just until mussels are cooked through - 3 minutes for defrosted, 5 minutes for frozen.
  12. Pour this whole mess into the heated tureen. Serve, or cover and keep warm.
  13. Nice if sprinkled with finely chopped lemon rind and parsley. The dish usually does not need extra salt.
  14. Serve with plenty of unbuttered fresh bread or buns - plus bowls to put the mussel shells in and some wet cloths for hands - !
  15. Should serve 4 - 6, but as a main dish might only stretch to 3 people. Needs a fresh, chilled white wine!
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 736.72 Kcal (3084 kJ)
Calories from fat 377.27 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.92g 64%
Cholesterol 90.63mg 30%
Sodium 2046.06mg 85%
Potassium 1916.64mg 41%
Total Carbs 52.35g 17%
Sugars 14.67g 59%
Dietary Fiber 8.05g 32%
Protein 41.97g 84%
Vitamin C 49.1mg 82%
Vitamin A 1.3mg 43%
Iron 14.4mg 80%
Calcium 184.4mg 18%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 108.55 Kcal (454 kJ)
Calories from fat 55.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.18g 64%
Cholesterol 13.35mg 30%
Sodium 301.46mg 85%
Potassium 282.39mg 41%
Total Carbs 7.71g 17%
Sugars 2.16g 59%
Dietary Fiber 1.19g 32%
Protein 6.18g 84%
Vitamin C 7.2mg 82%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 43%
Iron 2.1mg 80%
Calcium 27.2mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.4
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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