The year was 1921, the place Ellis Island. My maternal grandmother, single, arrives into port from Napoli on the ship Patria to be with her sister...
Key Ingredients Serves 6-8 persons
2 Lbs Fresh Mussels, 1 1/2 Lbs Arborio Rice, 8 Medium Potatoes, 1/5 Lbs Tomatoes chopped, 1 Onions, 6 Cloves garlic, 1 Cup White wine, 1/4 Lb Grated Pecorino, EV Olive oil, Fresh parsley, Salt & Pepper
Open all the mussels and leave the fruit on the half shell. Save any juice that comes out of the mussels. Take a large bowl and add the wine and 5 Tbs of EV olive oil. Chop the garlic and onions and add to the bowl. Add the tomatoes and the chopped parsley.
Take a 12" x 31/2" oven pan and cover the bottom with slices of onions and tomatoes from the bowl. Cover the onions with a layer of the potatoes. Lay over the potatoes a layer of mussels. Put 1/2 Tbs of rice on each mussel. Then spread some rice over the entire surface.
Repeat another layer of onions, potatoes, mussels, rice. On the very top cover with the remaining potatoes and vegetables. Pour into the pan the liquids until all the content is covered by 1/2 inch. If the liquids are not sufficient add some hot water. Top with a generous sprinkle of Pecorino cheese.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil and cook for 50 mins. at 380F on the middle shelf of your oven, then remove the foil and cook for an additional 20 mins. on the top shelf of the oven and until the potatoes are cooked and the top has a nice golden color.
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