You ask what is Buzara? It is a Mediterranean wine and tomato seafood sauce. The recipe is very simple. Use fresh ingredients and you can’t go wrong with this tasty seafood Adriatic dish. All you will need is a few basic but fresh ingredients and 30 minutes of your time. Buzara is traditional dish in Dalmatia, Croatia and is usually prepared with either mussels or shrimps. Today I decided to combine both in one dish and present you a recipe for Mussel Shrimp Buzara.
- 1 onion
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1.5 lb fresh mussels
- 1 lb fresh shrimp
- 1 whole garlic bulb
- rosemary and thyme
- fresh parsley
- 0.3 – 0.4 l white wine
- 2 ripe red tomatoes
- 1/2 cup bread crumb
- Large cooking pan or wok
- chopping board and knife
1. Step One: Stir Fry Onion
Chop onion into small equal sized cubes. Tip them in the pan and add 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 cup butter. Stir fry until onions become slightly translucent.
2. Step Two: Stir Fry Mussels
When the onions are soft and creamy add washed mussels. Mussels are cooked live, so if you come across open dead mussel throw it away. Not all opened mussels are dead, you can check if an opened mussel is still alive by squeezing it. If the mussel closes itself then it is safe to use. Add mussels and half bulb of thinly sliced garlic to the wok and cook for about 10 minutes or until majority of mussels opens up in the pot.
3. Step Three: Spices and Flavors for Mussel Shrimp Buzara
Chop two large, juicy tomatoes into desirable size pieces and add them to the pan. Pour over 0.3 – 0.4 l of white wine. Stir and cook for few more minutes before adding rosemary and thyme. If you wish you can also add some oregano.
4. Step Four: Add Shrimp to Mussel Shrimp Buzara
Lastly add washed shrimps. Let them cook for about 10 minutes before adding 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Bread crumb will thicken the sauce and make it more creamy. If you prefer lighter version feel free to skip on bread crumbs. But make sure to add the other half of thinly sliced garlic and a good dash of chopped parsley. To ensure the best flavor add this just before you serve the dish.
5. Step Five: Serve Mussel Shrimp Buzara
You can eat Mussel Shrimp Buzara by itself as a seafood stew or you can add some carbs to it. Boiled or roasted potato with rosemary goes very well with this seafood dish. But today I decided to make homemade pasta and serve this indulgent seafood stew over the delicious homemade egg noodles. Click here for the recipe for delicious homemade egg pasta.