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For February we have gorgeous shellfish for you! Mussels (Mytilus edulis) are super affordable and versatile and cockles (Cerastoderma edule) give us the romantic dimension with their beautiful heart-shaped form for Valentine's! Both bivalves are packed with nutrients and vitamins and offer great health benefits!
The recipe that Niall Sabongi and his Masterchef Muireann Mc Colgan recreated is kept very simple and close to the original recipe from 1777 by Hannah Glasse.
Both shellfish are extremely versatile and easy to cook so your creativity has no limits if you don't want to cook our historical recipe.
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Pickled Cockles and Mussels
Our pickled cockles and mussels with horseradish butter reframe a recipe "To Pickle Oysters, Cockles and Mussels" found in Hannah Glasse's cookbook "The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy" first published in 1747 and printed in Dublin in 1777. Niall Sabongi and Muireann Mc Colgan reimagined this recipe without much alteration except adjusting the amount, leaving out the oysters and adding horseradish butter.
If you're not a fan of pickled stuff, why not try 'Pot of Cockles and Mussels'? It is a classic Dublin dish in its own right, usually served up steamed in a pot with cream and garlic and some brown or sourdough bread.
Pickled Cockles & Mussels w/ horseradish butter
by Niall Sabongi & Muireann Mc Colgan
prep: 15-20mins; cook: 7mins; cooling time: 30mins; difficulty level: easy; starter serves 2
- 2 kg of cockles & mussels in the shell (or 1 kg each)
- 200 ml white wine
- 100 ml white wine vinegar
- 100 g sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper corns
- 2 shallots - finely sliced
- 1 medium carrot - peeled & finely sliced
- Heat a saucepan with a tight fitting lid
- When hot, add the cockles & mussels, white wine and close the lid
- Shake the pot a couple of times
- When the shells open after approx. 2mins strain off the shellfish reserving the cooking liquid.
- Measure 100 ml of the cooking liquid. Add the vinegar and sugar and bring it to the boil with the peppercorns
- Cool all to room temperature
- Remove the cockles and mussels from their shells and add to the cooked pickle along with the shallots and carrots
- Seal in a jar and keep for up to 2 weeks.
Ingredients for horseradish butter
- 750 ml cream
- 200 g butter at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons horseradish cream
- freshly milled black pepper
- sea salt
- zest of 3 unwaxed lemons
- Beat the butter, cream and horseradish cream in a bowl with a whisk
- When the mix is white and fluffy add the zest of the 3 lemons
- Season with sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
Place the horseradish butter into a ramekin and serve at room temperature with a (small) jar of the pickled cockles and mussles and some freshly baked soda bread.
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Below you will find all the recipes we cooked. You can cook them anytime until they are out of season. Information on the seasons can be found in the sustainability section of each recipe or in our seasonality summary chart. Enjoy your sustainable seafood!
February - Niall's Fish Curry
June - Pan roasted megrim sole.
August - Mackerel with Rhubard and Gooseberry Relish
September - Oyster soup in bread cups
October - Pickled Cockles & Mussels
November - Prawn stew starter
December - Smoked Mackerel & Potato Salad