Mussels are not only the most affordable shellfish in the ocean, but they are also one of the most delicious. The even better news is that they pair brilliantly with pesto.
We love this recipe because it’s so adaptable. Substitute the mussels for cockles, clams or razor clams to increase the decadence. Switch the wine for cider, a good ale or even stout for a totally different vibe. Not a fan of herbs? No problem. Replace them with chilli flakes for a real flavour explosion.
Our pesto mussels recipe will feed two people as a main or four as a starter. Of course, you could daintily serve the mussels in individual dishes, but if ever there’s a dish that's crying out to be served in a huge bowl in the middle of the table for everyone to fight over share, this is it.
Resist the natural temptation to cook your mussels “just a little more to be on the safe side”. Once the shell has opened, they’re done. Overdo it and you’ll have a sub-prime chewy supper.