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Tarator is a Middle Eastern spice paste, made by crushing fresh walnuts, garlic and breadcrumbs.


  • 0.5 cup roasted walnut

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic crushed

  • 0.5 cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground white pepper

  • 1 Juice Lemon

  • 0.5 cup Olive Oil

  • 1 kg Mussel

  • 0.5 cup Parsley chopped


  • 1.

    In a mortar and pestle, make the tarator by pounding the walnuts, salt and garlic to a paste.

  • 2.

    Add the breadcrumbs and a dash of water and pound to mix through.

  • 3.

    Add ground white pepper and lemon juice, then slowly add the olive oil, a little at a time and pound to a creamy consistency.

  • 4.

    Wash and de-beard the mussels.

  • 5.

    Place a pot on the stove with ½ inch water and cover tightly.

  • 6.

    When steaming, add the mussels and steam until the mussels just pop open.

  • 7.

    Transfer the mussels and steaming liquid to a mixing bowl along with the tarator and a dash of olive oil.

  • 8.

    Mix well and serve with chopped parsley.

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