Maria’s Stuffed Mussels

Stuffed Mussels

Maria’s Stuffed Mussels are not only delicious but when an Italian purist next turns around, shakes their head disdainfully and says “ma no no no we don’t eat fish and cheese together” you can turn around and say well these beauties are the speciality of Maria, cook on Trabocco Punta Tufano, so mussel off!

They are probably the most flavoursome version of stuffed mussels I’ve tried whilst in Abruzzo, learnt on a day’s fish cookery course with Italia Sweet Italia and despite being a little fiddly worth the effort even if you’re not eating them fanned by gentle Adriatic breezes on a trabocco.

Maria's Stuffed Mussels

Trabocco Punta Tufano
Course Shellfish Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • 12 Large Mussels
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Slices Stale Bread
  • 2 tbs Parmesan grated
  • 4 tbs Flat Leaf Parsley finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Salt according to taste


  • Prepare the stuffing by rubbing the slices of bread into fine breadcrumbs, mix in the Parmesan, egg, 1 clove of garlic very finely chopped, the parsley and and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Tap the mussels and do not use if they don't close. Scrub them with a brush and de-beard the mussels, removing any which are chipped or broken. Soak the mussels in luke warm water as they slowly open insert the point of a knife into the opening cutting the muscle that attaches it to the shell. Open its shell a little but don't break its hinge.
  • Fill the mussels with approximately a teaspoon of stuffing and then press them close.
  • In a fying pan sauté the remaining clove of garlic in a generous amount of olive oil, add chopped parsley and your 2 tomatoes roughly chopped and add the mussels ontop. Cook for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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maria di paolo
maria di paolo
16 June 2013 01:04

ciao, io faccio le stesee cozze ripiene, il pane lo bagno all'acqua e poi lo stringo e metto gli stessi ingredienti e metto un bel cucchiaio di ripieno nelle cozze e le metto nel sughetto, le cozze ricrescono e se vedi che bel sapore da il sugo e poi faccio dei spaghetti o linguine e le cozze piene per secondo…..per iniziare il sughetto sfriggo olio e aglio e poi metto la salsa o pomodoro a pezzetti….

17 June 2013 23:57
Reply to  maria di paolo

Next time I will try yours!

Laura Collins
17 July 2013 01:25

My husband and I just reserved to do the fish cookery course with Maria on the trabocco in October. Your experience was what initiated our effort to make it happen. Thanks!

17 July 2013 20:17
Reply to  Laura Collins

You\’ll have an amazing time, I learnt loads and try not to drive so that you do justice to all the different wines to sample with each course

Marikae Micetich
15 June 2013 12:32


Joe Campanelli
15 June 2013 12:50

voglio provarlo sembra buono

Life in Abruzzo
15 June 2013 19:55
Reply to  Joe Campanelli

They were amazing and they’ve never been surpassed 🙂

Annette Rose-Shapiro
15 June 2013 23:34
Reply to  Joe Campanelli

and Roseto is a beautiful place!

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