Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Baked NZ Mussels With Garlic Cheese And Dills

" This is my entry for the Christmas Giveaway hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot "

Christmas is just five days away and I still have not come up with idea of what we would like to have for Christmas dinner- main course . Maybe I have to ask my wild boar for ideas as to what to serve for dinner or rather I have to delegate that task to him.  But for now, I would like to share with you this mouth-watering baked NZ mussels with garlic, cheese and dill. A lovely and flavorful starter that you can serve for your coming Christmas dinner :))  I  have to try this out before the Christmas dinner and after Jo and myself  had savored it , we would definitely want this for our starters for our Christmas dinner...yeah one dish named, the main course, I will leave it to my wild boar. Jo will have to come up with one dessert ...yeah less one job for me  !  read on for the recipe :)

Garlic is the most important ingredient in this baked mussels. Chopped garlic mixed with dried italian mixed herbs and olive oil makes the magic potent for the mussels...and the grated mozzarella cheese and dill makes it even more flavorful.

Dashes of cayenne pepper on the mussels for some spicy taste 
and the whole combination was awesome....
these mussels from NZ were quite meaty
and I love them baked instead of
stir frying them with the seafood sauces.

succulent and fresh NZ mussels......
waiting to be put into the oven

top them with lots of grated mozzerella and chopped dills

a tray full of mouth-watering mussels waiting to be baked.........
Jo and myself can't wait to savor them..LOL!

Finally , they came out of the oven smelling so good 
and they tasted so good that
Jo and myself ....mmmmmmmm-ing away
or you can say we were oinking softly away
incase the wild boar lectured us on
table manners.......ho ho ho ho.......

Baked NZ Mussels With Garlic  Cheese And  Dills

Ingredients :
14 pieces of  NZ mussels  - cleaned and drained dry
sea salt to taste
cayenne pepper
1 clove of garlic - chopped fine
1  tbsp of italian mixed herbs
3 tbsp olive oil
grated mozzarella cheese
some chopped dills


Preheat oven to 200C.  Mix ingredients A together in a bowl and leave aside.
Lay the mussels in rows on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil.  Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper on the mussels. Scoop a heaped tsp of mixture A on each  mussel.   Cover each mussel with grated cheese and garnish with the chopped dills.  Repeat this process on all the mussels.
Baked in the oven for 8 minutes or till the cheese has soften .  You can serve these as starters


Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all !

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  1. Wow! I love the combination of garlic and cheese. They looked really good too!

  2. I bet they must smell amazing when they come out of oven! If you added some fresh breadcrumbs to the grated cheese and dill it would make a very nice crunchy topping on your mussels. I love meaty NZ mussels too!

  3. The cheese make the mussels look so tempting. Yum yum!

  4. Oooo...yum! My daughter's not a fan of mussels though, so I don't think I'll cook that. :(

  5. Thanks for joining the Christmas Giveaway, now I'm droooling ;)

  6. I absolutely LOVE New Zealand Mussels! They're so meaty and have that sweetness to them! Ai!!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe; I'd definitely want it for a starter, too!

  7. yummy .. i like oysters in any way they are baked with cheese. great day to you!!

  8. 愛 - ちゃん .....it is good..very very good :)

    Lynne....haha you guessed right! thanks for the tips, I will add in breadcrumbs when I baked this for Xmas dinner :) Yea...NZ mussels are the best mussels...natural sweet and meaty too :)))

    Little Inbox....yea..do try making this with the NZ mussels...thumbs up ! :)

    Arthur...awwww too bad or I am sure you will bake this for her :)

    Swee San....you are welcome...more to come if time permits :)`

    Kathy....drooling only LOL! make this for your hubby and Joshua...I am sure they will love it since they both love seafood :))

    Hester..you are welcome :)

    Lena...yea...I remembered you love this too :)))

  9. Elin, these cheesy baked mussels look marvelous!

  10. Angie.. yesss it they not look good but taste marvelous too :))

  11. Your recipe looks delicious, and the New Zealand Mussels are beautiful with their green shells. The combination of the baked mozzarella & garlic must put it over the top! I'll have to try this with our local Blue Mussels.


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