Black Sea Midye Supa is a simple and tasty dish of Black Sea Cuisine. It can be described as a Mussels Soup. This dish is often served for lunch or dinner.

Black Sea Midye Midye Supa basic ingredients are mussels. The quality and freshness of them are  very important for this dish. At primary selection mussels should be undamaged and fresh-smelling, and all of them should be tightly closed and any should be rejected if not shut when tapped.

The original recipe of Black Sea Midye Dolma comes from the South-West Coast of Our Lovely Sea. The name of this dish comes from the Bulgarian word «Supa», which means in English «Soup».

Preparation stage of Black Sea Midye Supa requires very careful cleaning of mussels. Scraping  off any barnacles from the shells and pulling out and detaching any hair-like beard fibers from the hinges of the shells need to be done very carefully. As well as intensive scrubbing of each mussel from both shells’ sides under running cold water with a stiff brush in order to remove any sand and clean well mussels. After cleaning, mussels are placed in a big bowl with lightly salted cold water for about 2 hours. Fresh water kill’s the mussels quite quickly.

Cooking stage of the dish is easier and shorter than the preparation stage.

Boil until opened 1 kg of cleaned mussels with shells. Chop the onion and fry in a small amount of olive oil in a pan. Add garlic cloves slices, add diced half a parsnip root and lovage. Add white wine and simmer covered.

Strain the broth of mussels, put in stewed vegetables and add 200 g of fermented sour cream. Take aside two mussels with shells per each serving, peel off the shells of the rest and put in the soup. Add 250 – 300 ml of water, grated Parmesan cheese and leave on low heat for 10 minutes.

Dressing preparing: Take 1 tablespoon of wheat flour and fry in 125 g of butter until brown. Add 1 tablespoon of red pepper for only 10 seconds and add the mixture into the soup. Leave on low heat for 5 minutes until smooth.

When serving, put the remaining mussels with shells in each portion, pour over the soup and decorate with fresh lovage and a slice of lemon.

Black Sea Midye Supa is traditionally served hot with fresh lemon.

You can enjoy Black Sea Midye Supa with friends and family in #BlackSeaCuisine restaurants or enjoy at home as it is a light and healthy dish.

Black Sea Cuisine is simple, tasty and inexpensive.