Thursday, 14 June 2012

Mussels Marinere, Citrus Snapper Fillets with Citrus Salsa

Mussels Marinere

  • 4 quarts mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
Scrub mussels. Pull off beards, the tuft of fibers that attach each mussel to it's shell, cutting them at the base with a paring knife. Discard those that do not close when you handle them and any with broken shells. Set aside.
Combine onion, garlic, 4 tablespoons parsley, bay leaf, thyme, wine, and 2 tablespoons butter in large pot.
Bring to boil. Lower heat, and cook 2 minutes. 
Add mussels, and cover. Cook just until shells open, 3 to 4 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove mussels from sauce, and place in bowls.
Strain liquid, and return to pot. 
Add remaining butter and parsley. 
Heat until butter melts. Pour over mussels.
Serve with bread.

Citrus Snapper Fillets with Citrus Salsa 

  • 1 orange, peeled, sectioned, and cut into bite-size
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh mango
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2-4 snapper fillets
Make the salsa: In a medium-size bowl, combine oranges, pineapple chunks, mango, minced jalapenos, 3 tablespoons orange juice, diced red bell pepper, sugar, and cilantro. Mix well, and refrigerate covered.

In a non-reactive bowl, mix 1/2 cup orange juice, olive oil, cayenne pepper, and pineapple juice concentrate. Place snapper fillets in bowl, and turn to coat well. Marinate the snapper in the mixture for 30 minutes.
Prepare an outside grill with oiled rack set 6 inches from the heat source. On a gas grill, set the heat to medium-high.

Grill the snapper on each side for a total time of about 12 to 15 minutes, until opaque in the center. Serve the grilled fish with the salsa.