Cozze con bruschetta in tegame Tuscany
Preparation - Medium; Prep: 15 - Cook: 25
Serves 4 - 6
You can use mussels, small clams or both in this deliciously satisfying soup, served in individual bowls. One more way to use up leftover bread. Serve it with a green salad and some extra toasted bread and there you have it.
4 lbs clams or mussels
4 cloves garlic, halved
6 T extra virgin olive oil
4 T tomato paste (optional)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 t crushed oregano, or 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
2 slices Italian style country bread per person, 1 inch thick, toasted
Large, heavy pot with cover, skillet, bowl.
Clean shellfish, discard any broken or open ones.
Place water to a depth of 1/2 an inch in a heavy pan.
Bring to a boil.
Drop mussels in and cover, steaming them open over very high heat.
Remove from pan, discarding any that are still closed. Place in a warm bowl.
Reserve the liquid and strain through cheesecloth to catch any sand that might have been released by mussels.
Toast the bread.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and lightly brown the garlic.
Add the tomato paste stirring with a wooden spoon and sprinkle on the oregano.
Cook for 2 or 3 minutes.
Add the wine, the liquid released from the mussels as well as a few grinds of the pepper mill. Simmer gently for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the mussels and heat through.
Brush the bread with a clove of garlic and place in individual bowls.
Ladle the soup over the bread.
Sprinkle with parsley if you wish.
NOTE: Can be prepared without the tomato: Brown garlic and add liquids then the mussels.
AMAZON BEST SELLER