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Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Categories: Christmas, Entertaining, New Year's, Quick to fix, Valentine's Day
Type: Main Dishes

Cooking in wine, garlic, and herbs is one of the easiest ways to prepare mussels, and one of the best

Prep Time: prep 20 mins

Cooking Time: cook 10 mins

Serves: makes 4 servings


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 8lb ( 3.6kg) mussels, cleaned
  • 2 1 / 4 cups dry white wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-4 tbsp chopped parsley
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  1. Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 6 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the mussels, wine, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook shaking the pan often, for about 6 minutes, or until the mussels have opened.
  2. Transfer the mussels to large serving bowls, discarding any mussels that do not open. Cover the bowls with a large clean kitchen towel to keep the mussels warm.
  3. Strain the liquor through a fine sieve into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the parsley and adjust the seasoning. Pour the sauce over the mussels and serve immediately.
  • prep 20 mins; cook 10 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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