Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mussels With The Most Wonderful Garlicky White Wine Broth.

I was wondering around the supermarket the other day doing my usual "what on earth am I going to cook for dinner" routine.  No more chicken. I'm trying to cut down on red meat. Not pasta, not again, too many carbs. Then I spied their lovely shiny black, blue shells nestled in a mound of ice.  Mussels! The first time I ever ate mussels was in the Channel Isles just off the south coast of England, on holiday with a school friend.  I was enchanted.  It was sunny and warm, people spoke French and being about 13 or so I felt I was on a wonderful adventure.  Every time I've eaten mussels since I'm reminded of that lovely holiday and still feel transported back to the warm, sunny beach.

Not only does this taste fantastic, they're REALLY quick and easy to cook.  I like to serve them with a warm baguette (with plenty of butter if you're in the mood) to sop up the delicious broth and a salad on the side. 

2 - 2 1/2 lbs of mussels
1 shallot or small onion
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
4 cloves of garlic
3/4 cup of dry white wine
Fresh parsley

If you can buy your mussels ready cleaned go ahead and do so, it will save you lots of time.  If not, soak the mussels in a large bowl of iced water for about an hour.  Most of the sand will fall to the bottom of the bowl.  Then go through each mussel and remove the "beards" and wash under cold water.  Discard any mussels that are already open.

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven heat the butter and oil.  Add the shallot, sprinkle with the salt and pepper and saute until soft and just turning golden.  Don't burn!

Add the garlic cloves.

Then the mussels, wine and parsley.  Put a lid on the pan and steam.  The wine should be bubbling and the mussels will open.  Discard any that don't.

Pile into a large bowl.  Provide another bowl for the empty shells and plenty of napkins.  This can be a bit of a messy business.  Don't forget to luxuriate in the broth!


  1. Loving your new look Mary!! Very nice. The mussels look good, but they are something which both Todd and myself are allergic to. I am sure though that they taste delicious! xxoo

  2. It doesn't get much better than mussels in garlic white wine. Love your photos.

  3. I've been thinking about mussels recently. I will check around for a good fresh supple. Indeed they are easy to prepare. Had my first in Brussells in ... (wait for it) ... 1966!!!

  4. I love mussels, another delicious meal, with beautiful pictures x

  5. They are back in season here now and I am buying them on a regular basis. Yum yum Diane

  6. Since a few years I can't eat them due to allergy but I wish I could, they are delicious! interesting memories about it!

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  7. look amazing dear Mary and love your new blog look!:)

  8. I have never had mussels, always living so far inland has made me wary of "fresh" seafood. This recipe (or things like it) is something I have always wanted to try!! Maybe next time I visit my parents in DC... looks so yummy :)

  9. I don't eat mussels often, but every once in a while I get a craving for them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. This is on my culinary bucket list and your recipe sounds delicious. Yum! What a great memory.

  11. I feel the same way about too much pasta and meat. We are trying to cut back and introduce other things into our diet. My kids are finally into soups, so I am cooking up tons of soups and actually just bought a book that showcases 365 days of soups. Can you believe it? I know I won't have a problem finding a soup recipe.

    I love all your step-by-step photos. I have never cooked with mussels before, but you make it look easy!

  12. These are my husbands favorite thing to eat!! I made Dories’ version last fall and haven’t made them since…I think I’ll be doing this very soon. Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great day, Mary!

  13. Would you believe I've never tried mussels before, Mary? Now I'm thinking I might need to give them a try! Thanks for sharing your recipe, my friend!

    Wishing you a beautiful day!


  14. love your new look! And the mussels look divine!

  15. I've been dreaming of PEI mussels for a month. This dish looks too good!

  16. Hi, your mussels look delicious and tempting. Excellent pictures :)

    I'm following you, your blog look great with lots of yummy recipes.

    Have a nice day.

  17. Mary,
    My husband would love your gorgeous mussels,especially with the garlicky sauce. He loves mussels, but he usually has them in a seafood medley, when we got to an Italian restaurant. It's not easy to get fresh seafood here.

  18. You have me so hungry already this morning Mary! This is easily one of my favorite dishes of all time. I can never get enough mussels and eating them always takes me back to summer vacations in Maine. Yum!!

  19. I see on the cooking shows, the chefs cooking mussels all the time...this is one thing that we never cook around here. I've never even tasted one before...Sounds like I'm really missing out!
    Hoping your day is filled with goodness...

  20. I haven't had mussels in a while. Your lovely photos have inspired me to keep an eye out for them the next time I'm at the market!

  21. Just simply drooling over your gorgeous mussels in the white wine!
    I love all the amazing photos, and I simply must make this soon...I make it almost identical to your recipe!
    Truly delicious:DDD


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