Orange County Appetizers Recipe List

Ristorante Mamma Gina

251 East Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Mussels Antipasto

4 Servings


2 lbs fresh mussels
1/2 C water
1/3 C dry white wine
3 T carrot, diced
3 T celery, diced
2 T fresh parley, chopped
1/8 t dried crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 bay leaf
2 T sliced green onions


  • Tightly shut shells means that the mussels are fresh and still alive. Select small ones for the most tender mussels.


  • Remove beard on mussels and scrub shells with a brush.
  • Discard opened, cracked or heavy mussels (they’re filled with sand).
  • Set aside remaining mussels.
  • Combine water and next 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Add mussels; bring to a boil.
  • Cover and cook 3-4 minutes or until shells open.
  • Remove and discard bay leaf and any unopened mussels.
  • Remove from heat; stir in green onions.
  • Ladle mixture evenly into individual serving bowls.

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