Creamed Mussels

Pair with Fino

Fino, a dry white wine made from Palomino grapes, pairs well with shellfish and seafood, making it a perfect complement for this creamed mussel dish. The Fino additionally helps cut the fattiness of the cream and butter and complements the delicate pepper and garlic flavors.

Ingredients

1 kg 
Mussels
Shallots
2 cloves 
Garlic
1 tsp 
Plain flour
2 tsp 
Butter
1 glass 
Amontillado Sherry
1 cup 
Single cream
1 pinch 
Salt
1 pinch  
Pepper

Directions

Scrape and wash the mussels. Peel the shallots and place in a saucepan with the well-rinsed mussels, salt and pepper and a cup of water. Place on the heat, and when the liquid is about to boil, add the amontillado. Cook for 5 minutes, shaking the pan vigorously. When the mussels open, remove them from the pan and set aside (any unopened ones should be discarded, since this is a sign that they are bad and should not be eaten). Make beurre manié by working the flour into the butter and add this bit by bit to the pan. Stir and allow to cook for a few minutes, then add the cream and check the seasoning. Having removed their upper shells, place the mussels in a serving dish, sieve the sauce and pour it over them. Serve hot.

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Pairing Fino with food

It is an ideal aperitif wine and goes well with all types of tapa, especially olives, nuts and Iberian cured ham.

Also providing the perfect companion for shellfish and fish, especially those with a marked salty taste (anchovies) or even raw (sashimi).

Its low acetic acid content combines exceptionally well with dishes of marked acidity (vinaigrette salads, marinades, etc.) as well as with cold soups (gazpacho, ajo blanco, etc.).

 

Fino fast facts

Always serve chilled

Use an ice bucket with both ice and water to serve chilled between 6º & 8º C.

Perfect for Tapas

It adapts perfectly to a diverse range of salty and intense flavours.

Style of Glass

In traditional wide-rimmed catavinos, or in white wine glasses.

Analytic data

  • Alcoholic content between 15 y 18% vol. (generally, 15% vol.)
  • Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (usually < 1 gr. / litre)
  • Total Acidity (tartaric) 3 - 5 gr. / litre
  • Volatile Acidity (acetic) <0,25 gr. / litre
  • Very Low In Glycerine Content < 2 gr. / litre
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