La tiella

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  • Serves 8 people

  • 1 kg black mussels, scrubbed
  • 8 Desiree potatoes, sliced 3mm thick lengthways
  • 500 gm cherry tomatoes (2 punnets), halved
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 250 gm finely grated parmesan
  • 400 gm vialone nano rice
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
01   Preheat oven to 160C. Place mussels in a saucepan with 100ml water, cover with a lid and cook over high heat, shaking pan occasionally, until mussels just open (3-4 minutes). When cool enough to handle, remove mussels from shells and set aside (keep 6 mussels in their shells, discard remaining shells). Strain cooking liquid through a fine sieve and reserve.
02   Arrange one-third of the potato in an even layer in an 8-litre paella pan or wide baking dish. Scatter over half the cherry tomatoes, half the onion and half the mussels, then scatter one-third of the cheese and half the rice evenly on top. Drizzle over half the oil and season liberally to taste. Repeat process, then scatter over mussels in shells and place remaining potato on top, allowing mussels to show. Scatter over remaining parmesan and bake for 5 minutes, then add mussel liquid and 1.5 litres hot water (or enough to cover by 1cm). Increase oven to 180C and bake until rice and potato are tender, liquid is absorbed and tiella is golden (45 minutes-1 hour). Serve hot scattered with parsley.
This recipe is from the May 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

SABINO MATERA, QUOCO

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

GERALDINE MUNOZ

Drinking Suggestion:

2007 CANTELE ALTICELLI FIANO. , suggested by SABINO MATERA

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