New Zealand Greenshell Mussel Hotdog


Serves: 6-8 hotdogs 


Mussel Hotdog 

  • In a sauté pan melt the butter, then add onion, garlic & fennel & fry without color to soften. 
  • Add the Pernod & flambé to burn off the alcohol. 
  • Place in a mixing bowl & allow to cool. 
  • Add the mussel, chorizo, parsley & egg yolks to the onion mixture, season & mix to combine.
  • Place the mussel filling into a suitable piping bag with a wide sausage-filling nozzle on it. Push the sausage casing onto the nozzle & then slowly fill the casings with the mussel filling, being careful not to create air pockets. When all the mixture is gone & the casing is full, squeeze the ends off & then tie the ends. Twist the casing to form 6-8 sausages.
  • Hang the sausages in a refrigerator or chiller for 24 hours to allow the casings to dry. 

Hotdog Batter 

  • Mix cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. 
  • Add milk, egg and butter. Stir until smooth.

To Complete the Dish

  • In a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the mussel sausages to precook & then allow to cool & cut to separate the individual sausages. 
  • Place a wooden stick into each mussel sausage at one end then dip each mussel sausage into batter and drain over the bowl. 
  • Deep fry in heated fat or oil for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown, turning once. 
  • Remove from fat and allow to drain, season with salt & serve.
  • Garnish (optional) - chunky tomato sauce, aioli, lime, chunky potato or polenta fries.


Chefs Notes:
A novel, unique way to present mussels, the flavors are all encapsulated by this cooking process & creates a fun way of eating. Could be made smaller & used as a bite sized party snack or plated with accompaniments. Sausage casings should be available through your local butcher. 


About the Chef

The Greenshell™ Mussel is possibly the most iconic representative of New Zealand’s seafood history. As a travelling ambassador for New Zealand cuisine I have always utilised Greenshell™ Mussels with complimentary results. At home, New Zealand diners recognise the Greenshell™ Mussel ...
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