Traditional Greek Midia Saganaki with sautéed mussels and rich tomatoes simmered in a single pot for a light appetizer.
Things to know about Mídia Saganáki Recipe
Midia saganaki is traditionally made in a single pot where the vegetables are sautéed, then deglazed with authentic Greek ouzo, soaked in tomato sauce, and topped with crumbled feta.
They are made in clay two-handed frying pans as an appetizer or a part of a meze platter. Midia saganaki is served with soft and full pita bread. It is a staple in Psarotaverna in Greece. Psarotaverna is a fish tavern in Greece, they are mainly near the seaside, and their main attraction is traditional Greek seafood.
Midia means mussels in Greek and Saganaki means dishes made in these two handled clay frying pans with heavy bottoms. The ouzo and the clay add a unique taste to the dish, but it is still delicious in any pan.
Tasteful Traditional Greek Mussel Saganaki with Feta Cheese. Authentic Recipe of Mídia Saganáki.
— General Atributes of This Recipe:
— ADAPT THE SERVINGS OR PORTIONS BY ENTERING YOUR DESIRED VALUE —
- 1500 grams (3.31 lb) Mussel
- 60 ml (2.03 floz) Dry White Wine
- 10 pcs Tomato Cherry
- 1 pc Green Bell Pepper Medium
- 1 spring Celery Medium
- 1 pc Carrot
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 bunch Fresh Parsley
- 100 grams (3.53 oz) Feta Cheese
- ½ cup Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Salt
- Peel the carrots, and remove the seeds of the peppers. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
- Place all the vegetables except tomatoes in a blender, until they are chopped but not pureed.
- In a large pan heat the olive oil. Pour the chopped vegetables into the pan and sauté until the celeries are transparent.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and mussels to the pan.
- Add the white wine to the pan, increase the heat to high, and place a lid on top. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Ensure all the mussels are open.
- Garnish with chopped parsley or dill and serve midia saganaki hot with a glass of ouzo. Kalíórexi! Enjoy your meal!
— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:
Cooking tip for making Mídia Saganáki
Fresh mussels in the shell are the best for this recipe. Do not cook any open mussels. They are dead and will cause food poisoning. You can check if the mussels are alive by tapping and waiting. If the shell closes, they are safe to eat. On the other hand, cooked mussels should be all the way open. Do not overcook them, or they will be rubbery.
What to serve with Mídia Saganáki
Serve Midia Saganaki with pita bread or on a meze platter.
Variations of Mídia Saganáki?
You can substitute white wine with ouzo.
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