Creamy Pesto Mussels

A creamy pesto mussels served with grilled little gem lettuce and crusty bread.This delectable recipe pairs a creamy pesto with mussels that comes together perfectly to create an incredibly unique mix of flavors. The thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make! A simple list of ingredients that is put together throughout easy to follow directions.


For The Mussels:

  • 2.25 lbs of mussels
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • 1 bunch of basil, leaves and thinner stalks roughly torn
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 5 tbsp. of double cream
  • 2 tbsp. of freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp. of lemon juice, or to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For The Grilled Little Gems:

  • 2 little gems lettuces, sliced in half through the root
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. of caster sugar
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, needles picked and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Crusty bread to serve

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What To Do In The Kitchen:

  1. Tip the mussels into a colander and wash really well under cold running water. Discard any mussels that don’t shut when given a sharp tap against the edge of the colander, and pull away any beard-like threads. Set aside.
  2. To make the pesto, set a small frying pan over medium heat and tip in the pine nuts, toasting for a couple of minutes until they smell wonderfully nutty. Add to a food processor and pulse to grind. Add the basil and pulse again. Then add the olive oil, cream, parmesan, lemon, and a good seasoning of salt and pepper and whizz to a smooth creamy paste. Scoop into a bowl and set aside.
  3. To make the dressing for the grilled lettuce, add the olive oil, vinegar, caster sugar, rosemary and a seasoning of salt and pepper to a small jar and shake to combine.

What To Do At The Barbecue:

  1. Fire up the barbecue. If you are using gas, set the burners to medium-high heat and leave to heat up for 10 minutes. Or with charcoal, light the fire and give the coals 30-40 minutes burn time so you have a good bed of glowing embers before you begin to cook.
  2. Once the barbecue is ready, prepare the foil parcels of mussels. Take 2 sheets of foil and lay one over the other in a cross shape. Repeat.
  3. Divide the mussels between the 2 foil crosses, piling them into the middle. Bring up the sides to create walls and then spoon half of the pesto onto each pile. Tightly seal to make 2 enclosed parcels. Place the parcels onto the grill bars and cook for 10 minutes, turning over a couple of times during cooking.
  4. Remove a parcel and carefully open it up - it should be steaming hot and all the shells open. If not, reseal and cook for another 5 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on the heat of the grill.
  5. Whilst the mussels are cooking, cut the lettuces in half through the root. Brush the cut sides generously with dressing and place on the grill, cut side down. Cook for a few minutes until soft and lightly grilled.
  6. Serve the mussels and grilled lettuce with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the juices.

Excellent and Easy Seafood

This Creamy Pesto Mussels recipe has such bold flavors and mixed with unique textures of the seafood, and creaminess of the pesto. Extremely easy to make and enjoy with friends and family.