Mar 16, 2013

Bloody Mary Mussels - Jamie Oliver Style.

I'm sure you've heard that the secret to keeping to time when cooking with Jamie's 30 Minute Meals is to only make a single dish from each set of recipes at a time.

Well, it turned out that was just the kind of secret I needed to be clued into on a Friday night.

Mr SSG and I we having a mussel night at home and Jamie's Bloody Mary Mussels recipe was just the thing we had in mind.

The mussels we used were from Spring Bay, Tasmania.  The packaging helpfully contained a myth buster about mussels that don't open during the cooking process.  A great number of them are actually safe to eat.  All you need is a knife to prise those stubborn mussels free.....

It was almost like mixing a Bloody Mary when it came to putting together the sauce.  For maximum 'mixologist at home' effect, we used a pitcher to mix the ingredients together.  

Sauce ingredients artistically thrown together in the pitcher before adding passata and alcohol...
We didn't have any of the recommended vodka or port in the house so substituted in some white wine instead.

My attention was diverted away from the kitchen for the actual cooking process but Mr SSG tells me it was all very easy.  The cleaned and debearded mussels went into a preheated pot and the Bloody Mary mix was then poured over them.  Put the lid on and give the pot a shake and allow the mussels to steam open.  It only took a few minutes.

And here is the end result.  The tomato sauce ended up being quite zesty from the lemon juice and horseradish, perfect for a summery evening.  Mr SSG and I clacked away through our massive bowls of mussels before soaking up the sauce with toasted sourdough.  It was a great dinner to end the week and it was so easy to put together and quick to cook and clean up after.  I reckon this is going to be a dish on high rotation at SSG Manor.  For our next attempt at the recipe, I'm going to make sure we have vodka and port in the house.


  1. Yum! Looks easy, and I haven't had mussels in ages so I might try this :) Thank you!

  2. Housewife in HeelsMarch 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    These look great. I've never managed to get one of his thirty minute meals under 1 hour- one of them took me 2 hours. Although I have bulk cooked the chicken and mushroom pie meal- took me an hour, but I made 6, so that's down to 10 mins/ pie ;)


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