Not everyone cooks mussels at home, but if you are a fan of these beauties, try cooking your own and you will be highly rewarded. If mussels are a new ingredient in your kitchen, this classic french recipe is a great introduction. With few ingredients, little expense, and minimal preparation, you will be eating a steaming bowl of mussels in less than a half hour.
The bright flavor of spring onions from our garden, the crisp mineral of the wine, and the briny taste of the mussels were enough to entice our six year old to devour at least a half dozen of these lovelies.
"Tastes like the ocean", we all agreed.
adapted from Patricia Wells's Bistro Cooking
- 2 pounds fresh mussels
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 bunch spring onion (or one large onion), minced
- 1/2 celery stalk, minced
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 bunch parsley
Rinse and scrub mussels with cold water. Remove beard by simply snipping with scissors.
In a Dutch Oven or large pot, combine mussels, thyme, white wine, celery, and onions. Bring liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook covered about 5 minutes until mussels shells open. Toss out any mussels that don't open after cooking.
Immediately serve mussels in their shells. Either sop up the liquid with crusty bread or heap mussels and their cooking liquid on top of fettuccine. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and lots of fresh pepper. Eat right away.
Why don't we make mussels more often?