Every Thursday on the Good Food Blog we share a recipe from our archives.
Nigella Lawson is the author of Forever Summer, published by Hyperion Books. She first shared this recipe for Crostini del Mare on May 29, 2004.
Crostini del Mare
Makes approximately 25
- Half a skinny baguette or 1 ficelle
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil, approximately
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley, plus extra to decorate
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds mussels
- 18 ozs Littleneck or Manilla clams
- 1 Tablespoon Vermouth or white wine
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the bread into slices, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick: in other words, neither too thick, nor too thin. You need about 25 slices for the amount of chopped seafood topping here. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, dab the bread, on both sides, with the olive oil and sit these lightly oil-brushed slices on a rack over a roasting pan and bake for about 5-10 minutes, turning once. Frankly, it-s just a matter of cooking until the slices begin to turn gold, and this takes more time the fresher the bread. In other words, if you-ve got stale bread, use if for this. When the bread is toasted and gold, remove it from the oven and leave it to cool while you get on with the mussels and clams.
Put the garlic and parsley into a large saucepan with the oil and cook, stirring, over a low heat for a couple of minutes making sure it doesn-t color. Tip in the cleaned mussels and clams, turn the heat to high, add the tablespoon of vermouth or wine and clamp on the lid. Cook for 4-5 minutes, shaking the pan a few times to disperse the shells until they are all gaping open. Remove the lid and take off the heat so that the shellfish can cool a little, then pick out the meat with your fingers.
Chop the shellfish flesh finely with a mezzaluna or knife (you can use the food processor but be careful not to turn everything into undifferentiated mush), then spread onto the crostini and sprinkle over some more chopped parsley. Eat while still warm.