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Mussels Steamed in Wine

35 Min

I love how the rich, butter sauce coats these fresh mussels. In fact, I always serve this recipe with plenty of French bread so I can sop up every drop of the sauce!

What You'll Need

  • 5 dozen fresh mussels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter

What to Do

  1. Remove beards from mussels, and scrub shells with a brush. Discard opened, cracked, or heavy mussels (they're filled with sand). Keep mussels chilled.

  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and next 4 ingredients; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in wine, and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat 15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 3/4 cup.

  3. Add mussels; cover and steam 4 minutes or until mussels open, shaking Dutch oven several times. Remove from heat; transfer mussels to a serving dish with a slotted spoon, discarding any unopened mussels. Set mussels aside, and keep warm.

  4. Place Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot; stir in lemon juice. Remove from heat; whisk in 3 tablespoons butter. Pour over mussels, and serve immediately.


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