Savor the Sea: Bruschetta Mussels with PEI’s Finest

When it comes to coastal culinary delights, mussels often steal the spotlight. These oceanic gems, especially the ones from Prince Edward Island and the Food Island Partnership , with their tender, succulent meat, have a unique ability to absorb and complement flavors from a variety of ingredients. And today, we’re delving into the world of Bruschetta Mussels, a dish that perfectly marries the taste of the sea with the fresh, zesty flavors of the Mediterranean.

The heart of this dish is, of course, the mussels. Two pounds of Prince Edward Island Mussels provide the canvas for this delightful seafood masterpiece. These mussels, harvested from the pristine waters surrounding the island, bring a taste of the North Atlantic’s briny sweetness to your table.

Now, the magic begins. A splash of white wine adds a layer of sophistication and depth, elevating the mussels’ natural, sweet oceanic essence to new heights.

But here’s where the dish truly comes alive: the bruschetta. Tomatoes, ripened to perfection, join the party, diced and deseeded, offering a burst of juicy freshness. Fresh basil, fragrant and verdant, adds a layer of aromatic complexity that plays beautifully with the mussels’ natural flavors.

Let’s talk about that touch of heat. One jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced, adds a hint of spiciness to the dish, balancing the sweet, sour, and savory notes in the bruschetta.

Garlic, sliced thinly, subtly weaves its way into the mix, creating a harmony of flavor that’s unmistakably Mediterranean.

Now, what’s bruschetta without olive oil and balsamic vinegar? These two ingredients tie the bruschetta together, providing the signature richness and tanginess that makes it so irresistible.

A final sprinkle of coarse sea salt brings all the flavors to life, highlighting the mussels’ sweetness and balancing the acidity.

Imagine a steaming pot of PEI Mussels, each shell cradling a spoonful of this exquisite bruschetta. As you savor the first bite, you’ll understand the allure of this Mediterranean-inspired dish, where the mussels mingle with the vibrant and lively flavors of the bruschetta, transforming a humble shellfish into a culinary masterpiece.

Remember, this recipe isn’t just about food; it’s an experience. So next time you’re craving a taste of the sea, take your mussels from Prince Edward Island to the Mediterranean with this bruschetta creation.

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Bruschetta Mussels

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 2


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs PEI Mussels
  • 2 oz white wine
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 12 large leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper two seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt

Crusty Bread

Cut the bread on the bias and brush both sides with olive oil or garlic butter, grill in a pan over medium-high heat until both sides are golden brown. Sprinkle both sides with sea salt while grilling.

Remove the bread and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Placed into a preheated 450°F oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until crispy.











  1. Using a medium pot, add olive oil, sauté all the vegetables till fragrant 4 to 5 minutes, top with mussels, white wine, balsamic vinegar, sea salt. Toss all together and cover. Let them steam for 4 to 5 min until steam comes out of the cover then remove the mussels. Pour  liquid and vegetables over  the mussels and serve with garlic crusty bread.


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