Mussels in a Creamy Garlic Sauce

July 28, 2016

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Summertime at this house means it’s Mussel time! We love Mussels! They are super easy to prepare, inexpensive and incredibly nutritious. Mussels are a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals such as:

  • B vitamins,
  • Vitamin C,
  • Folate, Iron,
  • Phosphorus,
  • Manganese,
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B-12

Mussels are also a lean protein and ounce for ounce they provide the same amount of high quality protein as red meat without the saturated fats. Not only that, Mussels are a rich source of heart healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Now what is there not to love about Mussels?!

This recipe for Mussels in a Creamy, Garlic Sauce is my favorite way to make them. They are steamed in a combination of garlic, shallots, butter and white wine. Once open, I remove them from the cooking liquid, add cream, milk, lemon zest, chopped parsley and return the Mussels to the pan. I have got to tell you, trying to describe their flavor is difficult but what my favorite thing about this is eating a Mussel from the shell then dipping a crusty piece of bread into the creamy sauce. These are flavors that simply cannot be described but certainly need to be experienced.

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is … so let’s move on to that recipe, like right now, okay?!

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Mussels in a Creamy Garlic Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 3lbs of fresh Mussels, cleaned and debearded
  2. 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  3. 4 cloves of Garlic, minced
  4. 1 cup of your favorite White Wine
  5. 1 stick of Butter, (I used KerryGold)
  6. A handful of Parsley, chopped
  7. 1 cup Whole Milk
  8. 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  9. The zest of 1 Lemon
  10. Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large stainless steel pan add shallots, garlic, butter and white wine
  2. Saute until shallot are opaque and butter is melted
  3. Add mussels and combine
  4. Cover and simmer until Mussels are opened
  5. Remove Mussels from pan and set aside
  6. Add milk, cream, lemon zest and parsley
  7. Mix and let simmer until warm
  8. Add parsley
  9. Return Mussels to pan and spoon sauce over them
  10. Cover and simmer for just a few more minutes and serve
Notes
  1. When cleaning your Mussels, if there are any that are open discard them. Mussels should remain closed until cooked.
  2. You absolutely must serve this with a nice crusty bread to soak up all the luscious creamy sauce. You will not regret the indulgence!
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Do you have a great Mussel recipe? I’d love for you to share it with me!

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By Mrs. R