Friday, January 24, 2014

FFWD ~ Moules Marinière or Mussels in White Wine


FFWD ~ Moules Marinière or Mussels in White Wine

This week the tables have turned!! Our French Friday recipe is for Moules Marinière or Mussels in White Wine.  For a change, my husband is loving the dish, and I’m bowing out. I am not a fan of shellfish. Although, I will occasionally share some steamers (one or two), and I have been known to try a few mussels (very few), this is not a dish I would be eating for dinner.  However... trumpet please…Bill loves mussels! I fondly remember a trip to Holland, sitting in a lovely outdoor restaurant in Rotterdam, where he ordered a steamy bucket of them. When they brought the mussels out, it was a huge bucket, I’d guess about 3 pounds, and he ate them all!  Last night he only got 2 pounds, and again he ate them all!! This was definitely his week with French Fridays!


They look delicious….I did dip my bread

The Moules Marinière was easy to prepare.  The seafood department at my grocery store had just received a supply of mussels from Prince Edward Island.  They were even cleaned.  When I got them home, I put them in my fridge for the next day. Mussels should be used the same day you buy them to ensure freshness, however if you store them like I did…take them out of the bag and place them in a bowl. Don’t store them in the plastic bag. They are alive and the bag will suffocate them. Also, make sure you discard any open mussels that don’t close when tapped, or any with broken or chipped shells.

According to Dorie, this is a very traditional, basic mussel dish.  A little bit of chopped onions, shallots, and garlic tossed in some olive oil or butter. Season the veggies with salt and pepper and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes.  Pour in the wine, bring to a boil and add some herbs, a couple strips of lemon zest, and a bouillon cube. Now it’s time to add the mussels. Shake or stir the pan, and bring back to a boil and cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 3 minutes. That’s it!  Now take out some crusty bread for dipping and enjoy! Or, if you’re me, let your husband enjoy! Happy Friday everyone!


Simple and according to Bill…the best!! 

You can find the recipe in Dorie’s cookbook "Around My French Table”.  There are many recipes for Moules Marinière on the internet, here’s one from Emeril Laggase at  Food Network that is quite similar to Dorie’s.  

29 comments:

  1. Kathy, those photos are lovely, black moules against the red serving dish. I passed on this recipe,
    but did a catch up post instead. Enjoy your weekend, it's gonna be a cold one. I can't
    wait for spring.

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  2. Hooray! This is a turn for the books. Glad Bill enjoyed these mussels.

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  3. Lovely, lovely mussels in that beautiful red dish! I thought these were great; I could easily eat two pounds of them all by myself!

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  4. SO pretty! Wish MY Bill would have tried them :)

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  5. What a gorgeous dish. Your presentation has me salivating. Good point about the plastic bag.

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  6. Striking presentation by you! Thanks for the overnight storage tip for the mussels!

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  7. So fresh and delicious! This is how I love mussels.

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  8. So beautiful in the Hall pottery! Great presentation!

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  9. Dear Kathy, what a very pretty presentation of your moules marinières - I had never heard os Hall´s pottery before but I looked it up and I am quite taken by it! So nice to read that your husband enjoyed the mussels so much - whenever we travel to the Netherlands or Belgium, people always order them (German have a love affair with mussels too by the way).
    Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all your kind messages!

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  10. I like the presentation in the pretty red bowl - glad to hear that Bill enjoyed his snack.
    My mussels got to spend the afternoon sitting on a snow bank :-)

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  11. Good tip about storing them.. glad Bill enjoyed them. I was lucky enough to get cleaned ones too which made the preparation super easy.

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  12. Like your husband, I love mussels! It is one of the things I miss most about living in Maine. You are so right - they are one of the simplest meals to prepare - I am just sorry you don't like them. (I bet your husband is glad!) Now in the desert, Moules are a real treat for me when I can find good, fresh PEI mussels... Sadly, they aren't as affordable as they are on the East Coast! ~ David

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  13. These are definitely a tasty dinner! Glad you enjoyed them so much!

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  14. Kathy - Gorgeous preparation! I love this red bowl you have it is so striking. What a great memory, and luck that Bill loved these.

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  15. Dear Kathy, I haven't had mussels in years. This is a dish that my grandfather enjoyed very much and my mom would make for him. She made them this way and it was very good. She also made them in a red sauce with spaghetti.
    This brought back memories.
    I hope that you are warm and cozy. It sure is cold here.
    Blessings my dear friend. Catherine xo

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  16. I really do salute all you gals who don't like mussels but either made them for spouses or neighbors or to try for the first time ever. You all deserve to go into the "good sports" category. I am sure that Bill was deeeee-lighted with this week's recipe. And it was good, very good. Did you tell him we still have one more mussel recipe to make. He needs to stay tuned. Have a wonderful month in the South, Kathy. Aren't you going to your son's beach house? I know you are both looking forward to some warm weather. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be where it's in the 70's. Travel safely and enjoy.

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  17. Sounds like everyone adored them, good stuff :D
    And I love how gourmet this dish sounds, considering it is in white wine!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  18. People go crazy about steamed mussels with parsley and garlic here! And I mean crazy! I'm not a fan at all, but I've made these countless times for others. They look wonderful Kathy!

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  19. this dish always reminds me of my son, one time in Paris, (we were visiting relatives) who ordered it thinking it was moules marinières and they brought back a huge platter on mussels on the half shell! well, being the trooper that he is, he made a serious attempt to eat them all. Personally I only can do this dish, but have never been able to eat raw shellfish, like oysters.

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  20. I love that Bill ate two pounds of these on his own. They are so easy t6o just keep eating, so I can see how easy that would be. We enjoyed these too. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  21. Beautiful presentation. Bill was very lucky to have all those mussels:)

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  22. I had a bad experience with mussels once so I don't always dive in when they're served, however, my husband loved them!!!

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  23. Your mussels look great Kathy! Glad Bill enjoyed them. I bet your time with grandkids was fabulous!

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  24. Unfortunately, my husband is very allergic to shellfish, so we will not be enjoying these in our house! I'm glad your husband enjoyed yours.

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  25. I'm not a shellfish fan either, but even I can see that you did a great job with this!

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  26. Love your photos for this! (Fiesta? Hall?)

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    1. Amy, It’s Hall Sundial! I love old Hall.

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  27. Very pretty! Good thing they were quick to make since you didn't eat any, and I'm glad Bill enjoyed them!

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  28. I am in your husband's camp on this one, and my husband would be with you! One of my favorite dishes and I was surprised how easy this is to make and how available and affordable mussels are!

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