Tarator is a Middle Eastern spice paste, made by crushing fresh walnuts, garlic and breadcrumbs.
In a mortar and pestle, make the tarator by pounding the walnuts, salt and garlic to a paste.
Add the breadcrumbs and a dash of water and pound to mix through.
Add ground white pepper and lemon juice, then slowly add the olive oil, a little at a time and pound to a creamy consistency.
Wash and de-beard the mussels.
Place a pot on the stove with ½ inch water and cover tightly.
When steaming, add the mussels and steam until the mussels just pop open.
Transfer the mussels and steaming liquid to a mixing bowl along with the tarator and a dash of olive oil.
Mix well and serve with chopped parsley.
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