Mussels with Spanish Green Olives
Recipe made by the ambassador for Olives from Spain José Pizarro. Spain is the largest producer of olives in the world. The four main varieties of Spanish table olive available from major supermarkets in the UK are: Manzanilla, Gordal, Hojiblanca and Cacereña. Spanish table olives can be served in a different number of ways including: whole, pitted, stuffed with one or more ingredients such as pimento, onion, tuna, anchovy, salmon, almond, etc. It is a healthy seasonal ingredient, with the Spanish olive harvest running from September-March. www.olivesfromspain.co.uk
spanish such as manzanilla, pitted and halved
freshly chopped and flat-leaf
In a large pan heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Fry onion and the garlic in the olive oil for 3 minutes or just as the garlic changes to golden.
Add the chorizo and fry until it starts to crisp – discard some of the fat from the chorizo if it is too much.
Put the mussels in the pan, with the wine, olives and the sprig of thyme and cover.
Cook for about 4 minutes or until the mussels have opened; discard any mussels that have remained shut.
Add some fresh black pepper and the chopped parsley and serve immediately.