Isle of Mull Self Catering Holiday Home Sleeps 10

Penmore House

Penmore House offers modern facilities in a stone house full of character,
set in its own beautiful surroundings.

Easy Mussel Soup recipe

Foraging for food off the shoreline, it’s lots of fun and tastes great … So let’s go collecting mussels, clean them up and cook them for lunch…….
Or you can just buy them in the Co-op in Tobermory!

Collecting mussels off the shore on the isle of Mull
Collecting mussels off the shore

Collecting Mussels

If you are collecting mussels off the shore only collect mussels when there is an ‘r’ in the month (ie not in May, June, July or August). this is because there are less likely to be bacteria present in cooler waters.

Don’t collect mussels after rainfall, as rain can leach toxins from the ground and cause them to run into the sea. Because mussels are filter feeders, it’s possible that they can absorb these toxins.

If you’re pregnant, avoid eating mussels – as with all other shellfish.

Remember to scrub off any barnacles.
Sometimes its easier to just buy farmed mussels. There is a mussel farm at Inverlussa on Mull they supply customers including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl and Aldi.

Ingredients

1/2 Vegetable stock cube
leek
White wine
Garlic
Black pepper
Mussels
Parsley

ingedients for making the Mull mussel soup
gather together the ingredients

Make the stock using half a vegetable stock cube and boiling water. Add some finely chopped garlic leek and cook until soft. Add the white wine and seasoning. Dry white wine will be better than sweet, but any will do. This should thin the soup to a reasonable consistency. Bring soup to boil quickly and add well washed and cleaned mussels (approx. 8-10 per person, depending on size). As soon as they are open, they are ready; do not cook any longer, or they will go rubbery,
don’t eat any mussels which have not opened up.

Cooking up mussel soup
cooking up our mussel soup

Add chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Mussel soup ready to serve
Quick to prepare and cook our delicious – Mull mussel soup

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