Mom’s marinated mussels


This is one of my mom’s most treasured cookbooks:


It has been with her for at least 20 years and she loves it. She always tells me it is one of the best. This mussel recipe comes from this book and it really is delicious. One of my favourites! You can’t go wrong.  It is best prepared the day before.

1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tsp capers
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 tablespoon minced pimiento or red pepper
1 tablespoon minced parsley
Freshly ground pepper
2 dozen medium mussels
1 slice lemon

Mix the oil, vinegar, capers, onion, pimiento, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl. Scrub the mussels well and remove the beards. Throw away any that don’t close tightly. Put 1 cup of water in a skillet with the slice of lemon. Add the mussels and bring to a boil. Remove the mussels as they open and let cool. Remove the mussel meat from the shells and add them to the bowl with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Reserve half the mussel shells, clean them well and put them in a plastic bag in the fridge. Before serving, replace the mussels in their shells and spoon a small amount of the marinade over each.

Enjoy! Xxxx Natascha

8 thoughts on “Mom’s marinated mussels

      1. Hey Natascha,
        I’m glad that you liked my idea 🙂
        BTW Wish you Good Friday and Happy Easter!
        So what all are you preparing on Easter?

      2. Thank you so much, Ema! I don’t know what I am doing yet! Have to check my cookbook I brought on our road trip! While my husband drives, I read recipes! What are you going to do?

  1. Thank you Natascha! Looks really delicious! And I wonder if I can find that book in the library… I’ll have a look. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! My mom says it is one cookbook she would never part with! I hope she doesn’t…I would seriously miss the goodies she makes from it hahaha!

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