“Mussels” from Piraeus, suberb of Athens
Piraeus is a suburb of Athens.The fish port of Keratsini at Piraeus is the place where all local boats moor and trade the catch of the day. This central market for fish trade opens at 3:00am and you can see the most famous chefs of Greece and other culinary professionals purchasing the fish they will serve that day. Often, the fishermen set up gas stoves and cook delicacies which they serve to the customers. You can also find fish recipes inspired by the fishermen themselves.
Mussels with oatmeal and tomato.
• 500gr. mussels
• 1 cup groats
• 2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
• 3 sliced green peppers
• Or a bunch of chopped dill
• 5 fresh onions, finely chopped
• 2 cups water or juice from mussel stew
• ½ cup olive oil
1. Thoroughly clean the mussels and put them in a saucepan with a little water. Close the lid and leave them on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes to open. Shake the pot a couple of times for the mussels to open more easily. Throw away any mussels that remain closed.
2. In another pot, sauté the onions in half the olive oil and add the peppers and the tomato. Once they come to a boil, add the mussels and let them simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Then add the oatmeal with two cups of water or broth and dill. Stir from time to time so that it does not stick to the pan and remove from the heat while it still has its juices.
4. Add salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir and serve.