Mussels in white wine and garlic with frites

Recipe from: 12 February 2015
recipes, seafood, French

Ingredients 24
Servings 2
Time 00:20

Ingredients

  • 1
    kg
    fresh mussels, washed
  • 80
    g
    butter
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic, crushed
  • 1
    tsp
    dried tarragon
  • 2
    cup
    fruity dry white wine
  • 2
    Tbs
    chicken or vegetable stock concentrate to taste
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon (or to taste)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1
    handful
    freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • FRITES:
  • 4
    large potatoes, peeled and cut into thin fries
  • cooking oil for deep frying
  • ROSEMARY SALT:
  • 3
    Tbs
    coarse salt
  • 1
    sprig
    rosemary or 2 t (10 ml) dried
  • CHEAT'S AIOLI:
  • 1/2
    cup
    creamy mayonnaise
  • 1
    fat clove garlic, crushed
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3
    Tbs
    finely chopped chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • TO SERVE:
  • 1
    crusty artisan baguette
 

Method

00:30
 

In a large pan, heat the butter until bubbling and starts in become golden. Add the garlic, tarragon, white wine and stock and simmer uncovered for +- 20 minutes to develop the flavours and reduce slightly. Season with lemon zest, juice, salt and pepper. Add the mussels to the flavourful broth, cover and allow to simmer and steam for 3- 4 minutes or until ALL the mussels have opened. Discard mussels that have not opened. Add the parsley. Check seasoning again.

Meanwhile, heat the oil for the frites. Make sure the fries are very dry before adding to the hot oil. Fry until golden and crispy. Place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Bash the salt and rosemary together until the salt becomes fragrant and sprinkle lightly onto the frites.
Mix the garlic, lemon zest and chives with the mayonnaise and season to taste.
Serve the pan of mussels with seasoned frites, aioli and some crusty bread to mop up the delicious broth. 2 generous servings.

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