This time, some fishermen sold great thin mussels in the beach, and I thought of cooking them in paella style, with some tomatoes.
Ingredients (5-6 persons):
- 2x two hands of mussels (didn't weight them)
- 2 hands of thick grain rice per person
- 4 big tomatoes (peeled)
- 2 onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3dl Gambas - fond (it's homemade-bouillon... I made this while peeling fresh shrimps, putting the heads and carcase to boil in water, like this you become very good shrimp-bouillon for cooking fish and seafood recipes ;)
- parsley, salt and pepper
Wash the mussels and cover them with water and a bit of salt in a bowl.
Meanwhile, cut the onions and garlic in pieces, put in a big pan with a bit of olive oil on medium heat, until it caramelizes and becomes transparent. Then add the rice and let it fry for a bit afterwards cut the tomatoes in cubes and add to the rice. Thanks to the juice, it will start boiling, now is the time to add a bit of the fond water. Put away the salty water of the bowl with the mussels, and incorporate them to the pan. As the water boils and evaporates, continue to add the Shrimp-Fond. Meanwhile the mussels will open. It's time to add the chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Remember to remove well from time to time. Now you can decide whether you want your rice "dry" or with more liquid. I like it somewhere in between, so if the rice get's dry remember to add more fond if you still have enough, or just add a cup of water. :) When the rice is done, turn of the heat, put over the pan a towel and let it rest like this for 5 min. In Spain we say it must "sweat a bit". :P
Meanwhile just prepare the table, then serve and eat. Enjoy. ;)