Breton mussels with herbs and crème fraîche

Breton mussels with herbs and crème fraîche


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About this recipe: A simple recipe for mussels from Brittany. Serve with a sliced baguette and a dry white wine.


Serves: 4 

  • 30g (1 oz) butter
  • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1.25kg (2 3/4 lb) mussels - cleaned and debearded
  • 350g (12 fl oz) dry white wine
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 (200ml) tub crème fraîche
  • handful chopped fresh parsley

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat, and cook until it is just beginning to turn brown. Add the onions and celery to the pan, and cook just until the onions are clear.
  2. Place mussels in pan, and stir. A few minutes after the mussels start releasing their juice, pour wine over them. Add the sprigs of thyme and the bay leaves; stir, then add salt and pepper. Continue to cook for about 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Once all of the mussels are open, stir in crème fraîche. Divide mussels and sauce between four bowls, and add a bit of parsley and another very small spoonful of crème fraîche for decoration.

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Reviews (2)


Easy recipe. Thanks no garlic. Onion not heavy as cooked well. Compares with restaurants in Brittany. Did not have thyme, and bay leaves. Used precut onion / celeri . As good! - 29 Aug 2014


amazed. Not only easy to make, but no garlic. Ideal for those that can't take it, but don't want to miss out. Took me back to sailing the Rose coast!!! - 19 Nov 2012

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