Smoked mussel Mexi platter

Nici Wickes' smoked mussel Mexi platter recipe was made for summer entertaining. Fresh, vibrant and casual - serve at your next gathering with plenty of tortillas and let guests build their own tacos

By Nici Wickes
  • 20 mins preparation
  • Makes 6
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This recipe first appeared in New Zealand Woman's Weekly.
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Smoked mussel mexi platter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels
  • 200 gram smoked mussels (can use chilli or garlic smoked mussels), chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 or 4 tsp lime juice
  • 8 to 12 corn tortillas, shredded lettuce, lime wedges, fresh coriander leaves and red onion, to serve
Genuine guacamole
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • small handful coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and pinch of pepper
  • 2 or 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • water


Smoked mussel mexi platter
  • 1
    Heat oil in a large pan and cook the cumin until they give up their aroma. Turn the heat to high and add the corn, allowing some kernels to char, then toss to cook through. Remove from the heat and mix in the mussels and coriander. Season to taste.
  • 2
    In a separate bowl, mix the tomatoes, garlic, red onion, chilli and lime juice. Set aside for 5 minutes, then taste and add more lime juice and/or chilli and salt to taste (it ought to pop with acidity, chilli and saltiness!).
  • 3
    Toast the tortillas and wrap in a tea towel to keep warm.
  • 4
    Assemble a platter of warm tortilla, lettuce, bowls of corn and mussels, tomato and guacamole (see recipe below), limes, onion and coriander so that everyone can create a plate to their taste.
  • 5
    Blend everything until smooth, adding water to thin to desired consistency.
  • 6
    Leave for 5 minutes, then taste for seasoning, adding more lime juice or salt as required.

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