|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!!|