Mussels with Shallots and White Wine

    25 mins

    Fresh mussels steamed in butter, shallots and white wine. Use only fresh mussels, which are tightly closed when you buy them. Serve with slices of fresh crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 30g (2 tbs) butter
    • 4 shallots, finely chopped
    • 200ml (3/4 cup) dry white wine
    • 1.5kg mussels, cleaned and debearded
    • good handful chopped fresh parsley
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a medium stockpot, heat butter over medium heat. Add shallots and fry until transparent.
    2. Pour in wine and mussels. Raise heat to medium high and steam mussels until shells open, about 5 minutes. Discard any unopened mussels.
    3. Pour mussels and cooking liquid into a serving bowl, sprinkle with parsley and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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    I cook mussels like this all the time with just a couple of adjustments. Another reviewer said he/she would cook the mussels with plain water and pour the sauce over them, but you would loose all the lovely mussel "liquor" that comes with the cooking of them. To thicken the sauce, boil it down a little before adding the mussels, and afterwards, add a little heavy cream and boil it down more, while keeping the mussels warm, under a damp cloth in a low oven. Works like a charm and you don't loose any flavour.  -  13 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is the recipe I have used for years, and it is really excellent. I like this version better than most of the variations suggested by other reviewers, although I have added garlic on some occassions.  -  24 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a pretty good recipe. I think I would put more butter in the sauce, and I would also add garlic. Next time I will make the sauce on the side and let it thicken up a bit, steam the mussels with regular water, and pour the sauce over the cooked mussles.  -  05 Feb 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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