Mussels in white wine and garlic with frites

2 servings Prep: 20 mins, Cooking: 30 mins
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A romantic, very social and sensual meal with no pretenses.

By Food24 February 12 2015
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Ingredients (20)

1 kg fresh mussels — washed
80 g butter
4 cloves garlic — cloves, crushed
1 tsp dried tarragon
2 cup wine — dry white
2 Tbs stock — chicken or vegetable
lemon — zest only
lemon — juice only
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 handful fresh parsley — chopped
4 potatoes — peeled, thin chips
oil — for deep frying
3 Tbs sea salt
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic — large cloves, crushed
lemon — zest only
3 Tbs fresh chives — finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper — to taste
1 bread — crusty artisan baguette
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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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