Mussels and Wine
3 lbs. Mussels
4 Shallots chopped finely
1 Garlic clove chopped
2 tbsp. Olive oil
3 tsp. Butter
2/3 cup Dry white wine
1/3 cup Water
3 tsp. Finely chopped parsley
2 Fresh thyme sprigs or pinch of dried thyme
2 Bay leaves
1/2 tsp. Ground black pepper
1/2 cup Fresh cream
Extra chopped parsley
Wash the mussels under running water and remove all traces of mud, seaweed and barnacles. Remove beards (the rough fury part around the mussel).
If mussel shells are cracked or broken, discard them. If any mussels are slightly open, tap sharply, and if they don’t close, discard.
Gently fry the garlic and shallots in olive oil and butter until transparent but not coloured.
Add wine, water, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, pepper and mussels. Pour cream over the top.
Cover pan , bring to boil and steam over a high heat for about 4 minutes, shaking pan constantly. The shells will open as the mussels cook.
Serve as soon as the shells open, garnished with chopped parsley and lemon quarters.