Mussels, white wine & parsley

Mussels, white wine & parsley

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins

Easy

British mussels are cheap, sustainable and surprisingly simple to cook. Follow Mary Cadogan’s step-by-step guide to preparing mussels

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

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Ingredients

  • 1kg mussel, in shells
    Mussels

    Mussels

    mus-sels

    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • small glass white wine
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • chopped parsley, to serve
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Tip the mussels into the sink or a large bowl of cold water. Swish them around with your hands to wash them thoroughly. Use a small sharp knife to scrape off any barnacles attached to the shells. Discard any mussels with broken shells.

  2. Pull off the beards using the knife to help you – they just need a good tug. The beard is the brown wispy bit hanging out of the join in the shells. Not all mussels will have beards.

  3. If any mussels are open, tap them sharply against the side of the sink, worktop or with a knife. If they don’t close, discard them – they are dead and not edible.

  4. Rinse the mussels again in fresh cold water to remove any bits of shell or barnacle, and drain in a colander. Tip the mussels into a large pan, then add the wine and chopped shallot. The pan should not be more than half full – the mussels need plenty of space to move around so that they cook thoroughly.

  5. Set the pan over a high heat and cover tightly with a lid. When the pan starts to steam, cook the mussels for 3-4 mins, shaking the pan from time to time to ensure they cook evenly. They are cooked when the shells have opened. Mussels that have not opened are fine to eat if they can be easily opened.

  6. Remove the pan from the heat to stop the mussels cooking any further. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, then spoon them into warmed bowls and pour over the pan juices.

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Comments (4)

merel's picture

Really lovely dish. I added 2 cloves of garlic with the shallot and added a squeeze of lemon and a knob of butter at the end with the parsley. Delicious.

Served it with garlic baguette and a salad.

louise3h's picture

First time I have cooked mussels. So easy and so tasty!! Did as recipe with crusty bread and a glass of wine. Sublime !!

jan64bryant's picture

Add 2 finely chopped garlic cloves with the shallots

barbarabanda's picture
5

Easy to prepare and simply delicious. Prepared as a simple "moules frites" supper.

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Tips (2)

merel's picture

Also make sure you serve with some bread for soaking up the broth!

merel's picture

Add a couple of cloves of garlic at the beginning with the shallots. Finish off by adding a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon at the end with the chopped parsley.