Mussel Toasts with Pickled-Carrot-and-Coriander Butter
A dish of sake-steamed mussels with fermented carrots was chef Viet Pham's inspiration for this starter.
- 0.25 tsp coriander seed
- 6 2-by-3-inch rectangles of country bread, toasted
- 1 Tbsp minced chive
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 24 large mussels, scrubbed and debearded
- 0.25 cup cilantro leaf
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 medium carrot, very thinly sliced
- 0.5 tsp kosher salt
- 0.25 cup sugar
- 0.25 cup apple cider vinegar
- 6 paper-thin slices of lardo (optional)
- In a saucepan, toast the coriander seeds over low heat until fragrant. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt and 1/4 cup of water and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the brine is warm. Stir in the carrot slices and let stand for 1 hour.
- Drain the carrot, reserving the pickling liquid. Transfer the carrot and 1 tablespoon of the pickling liquid to a blender. Add the butter and cilantro and puree. Pass the butter through a fine sieve into a bowl and season with salt.
- In a saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the mussels, cover and cook just until they open. Drain and remove the mussels from their shells. In a bowl, toss the mussels with the olive oil and chives.
- Spread some of the carrot butter on the toasts. Top with the mussels, drape the lardo on top and serve.
Make Ahead: The pickled carrot-coriander butter can be refrigerated for up to 1 week, well-wrapped in plastic.
Recipe Credit: Viet Pham
Image Credit: Cedric Angeles