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Mussels drizzled with Tomato and Tarragon Vinaigrette Recipe

Mussels drizzled with Tomato and Tarragon Vinaigrette Photo : Nicolsons

Mussels drizzled with Tomato and Tarragon Vinaigrette
Photo : Nicolsons

Jonty's Mussels drizzled with
Tomato & Tarragon Vinaigrette

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

For my birthday I have invited family and friends from all corners of the globe to join me at Nicolson’s on Garlington Estate in Hilton. It is one of my favourite restaurants so, if you haven’t been there, I suggest you visit soon. It’s a popular spot, therefore, be warned - booking is essential. Jonty Nicolson, the chef, and his wife, Tanya, are good friends of mine. It was their recently-opened tapas section that struck my fancy and led me to the idea of a Spanish-themed birthday. Without giving too much away - and spoiling the surprise for my guests - I asked Jonty and Tanya to send through recipes for a few of the dishes they will be serving so you can try them at your leisure. They are sufficient for four guests and are all Jonty’s scrumptious creations.

Mussels always take me back to holidays at our beach cottage in Pennington. I'm looking forward to this dish which will be prepared with tantalising tomato and tarragon vinaigrette.

Mussels :

Ingredients :

  • 20x half-shell mussels
  • 1 x Onion chopped
  • 4 x Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup White Wine

Tomato Vinaigrette :

  • 100g Good Quality Tomato Ketchup
  • Half Cup Finely chopped onion
  • Half Cup Finely chopped Chives
  • 10 drops Tobasco
  • 1 tsp dried Tarragon
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 110ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method :

  1. For the Vinaigrette add all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Leave preferably overnight.
  2. Put chopped onion, bay leaves, water, wine in a pot over medium heat until steaming and place mussels in a colander over pot.
  3. Cover and steam until mussels are cooked (approx. 5 mins).

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713