A simple recipe for mussels typical mussel recipe from the Breton coast in France. Creme fraiche is available in many supermarkets, but if you cannot find it, a mixture of sour cream and Neufchatel cheese will also work. Serve with a dry white wine.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Once all of the mussels are open, stir two large spoonfuls of creme fraiche into the sauce. Divide mussels and sauce between four bowls, and add a bit of parsley and another very small spoonful of creme fraiche for decoration.

Nutrition Facts

316.3 calories; protein 11.3g 23% DV; carbohydrates 13g 4% DV; fat 17.8g 28% DV; cholesterol 79.3mg 26% DV; sodium 503.5mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2011
This was the first time I cooked or ate mussels and it was great!!...Even my (initially skeptical)family loved it a lot!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2005
This is the best mussels I have ever tasted!! Very simple ingredients but very tasteful. The only change I did was using just 1 stalk of celery 250 ml of wine mixed with bacardi rum and no parsley just more thyme. Garlic bread is great aside this dish. This was a tip from a friend and as I said: It s simply the best!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2011
This was the first time I cooked or ate mussels and it was great!!...Even my (initially skeptical)family loved it a lot!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2004
This was a great recipe. The only thing I changed was using garlic butter instead of normal as it added a nice change to the flavour. TRhanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2008
Excellent recipe. Used sour cream and cream cheese instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2011
Wonderful recipe. I added two cloves of garlic minced sautéing 1 minute before adding the mussels. I also substituted heavy cream for the crème fraiche. So easy and so delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2007
So easy and simple and yet Fantastic! I like how i got to drink the wine with the meal and paired so well! (of course) I just stuck to the recipe and did not change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2007
Fabulous recipe. Added a little zip with some cayenne but otherwise just perfect. The sauce is to die for...have lots of break on handy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2011
Easy, simple, and good but not as great as other shellfish dishes I've had. Since it was just us 3, I only used 1 onion and 2 celery stalks. I think this dish needs garlic and maybe use heavy cream instead of creme fraiche. Overall, we had a nice dinner! Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2015
Followed the directions except used sour cream instead of the creme fresh. Read More