Monday night’s Moules Marinière

I have fond memories of my Erasmus year studying in Le Mans, France many many years ago. And part of my education whilst there was falling in love with French cuisine; pavé du bœuf, charlotte framboise, coquille saint Jacques, foie gras…the list is endless. One of the cheaper student favourites was moules-frites in one of the bars down by the station.

It is such a quick dish to prepare that to this day I ask myself why I don’t prepare it more often. Yesterday whilst cruising the supermarket I saw a pack of fresh, ready to use mussels (meaning they’d been scrubbed and cleaned) and I had a light bulb moment to recreate this old favourite.
Ingredients: pack of mussels, white wine, butter, crème fraîche, onion, garlic, leek, fresh parsley, salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation: 5-10 minutes

  1. Melt a slab of butter (c.50g) in a large plan.
  2. Roughly chop the onion, garlic and leek and sweat in the butter for a couple of minutes.
  3. Place the mussels in a sieve and rinse with cold water.
  4. Chop the parsley and add to the butter mix.
  5. Add the mussels, pour over c. Half a bottle of wine and cover to steam.
  6. Allow 2-3 mins until all of the mussel shells are open.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in 1-2 tbsp of crème fraîche.
  8. Serve directly from the pan with an accompaniment of crusty French bread for dunking!

Voilà! Monday night dinner in under 10 minutes!

One Response to “Monday night’s Moules Marinière”
  1. That is a quick meal but with so much flavor. gotta have the bread, too

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: