4 years ago
Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 15 min
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs tarragon
4 pounds live mussels (about 4 dozen), well scrubbed, rinsed, and de-bearded
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
French bread croutons, recipe follows
French Bread Croutons:
1 (12 to 15-inch) loaf French or Italian bread, cut into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices
1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced in 1/2
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the bread slices on a large baking sheet and brush 1 side of each slice first with the cut garlic cloves and then with the olive oil, and then lightly season with the salt and pepper. Bake until light golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Cool slightly on the baking sheet before handling or serving.
In a large deep saute pan or pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, garlic, and herb sprigs, and cook, stirring, until fragrant and the shallots are soft, about 1 minute. Add the wine, pepper, and salt and bring to a boil. Add the mussels, cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels are opened, 5 to 6 minutes.
Remove from the heat and discard any mussels that have not opened. Transfer the mussels and their liquid to a large, deep serving bowl and garnish with the chopped parsley. Serve immediately with the French bread croutons for dipping.