Thursday, September 6, 2012

Shallot and Herbed Mussels (with Fries!)

Mussels and fries. Need I say more? This classic combo, a staple for so many restaurants, is so easy to put together at home... and dare I say better? Mussels - like scallop and shrimp - often get a bad rep as being finicky, but they are incredibly easy to put together and so flavourful that you don't need much extra fuss to turn them into a satisfying meal. As long as you have ready-to-go, mussels, this is a really feasible everyday meal. I love the classic when it comes to mussels - a little white wine, some sweet shallots and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. I do occasionally branch out with curry or creamy flavoured mussels but this is a simple go-to.

A few words of wisdom when it comes to mussels:
- make sure your mussels are as fresh as can be
- before cooking, make sure all mussels are tightly shut. Close the ones that aren't and make sure they stay shut; discard those who won't stay closed
- remove any beard by tightly pulling on the thread
- once cooked, only eat the mussels that have opened; discard any closed ones

Shallot and Herbed Mussels
Serves 2

3lb mussels
2 tsp olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 sprigs of thyme
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups white wine

In a large stockpot on medium heat, add olive oil, shallots, garlic and thyme. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring.

Add mussels and wine; stir. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes, shaking the pot once or twice to help the mussels open. Serve with your favourite crispy fries. Enjoy!


yummychunklet said...

How very delicious looking and French!

Suzanne Perazzini said...

We often eat mussels like this because they are my husband's favourite seafood.

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Joanne said...

I always think of mussels as a special occasion dish but perhaps I shouldn't anymore. I'd love to much on this meal!

WokandSpoon said...

Moules frites! My favourite dish. Too lazy to clean the mussels though! I love the look of your crunchy chunky chips!

Chocolate Shavings said...

WokandSpoon: Cleaning the mussels seems daunting but it doesn't actually take that long, and the end-result is so worth it!

Anonymous said...

I know what's for dinner tonight!

Anonymous said...

I know what's for dinner tonight!

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