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moules mariniere

If you like mussels then this is a really simple, but delicious way to enjoy them. Be sure to serve them with a good crusty bread for dipping into the broth.

moules mariniere | photo by: Cassandra Birocco

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 shallot, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, sliced
3/4 pound mussels, well-rinsed and beards removed
1/2 cup white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
Sourdough bread, for serving

1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add mussels and increase heat to high. When mussels start to open, add wine, lemon juice, thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and cook until all mussels open up, about 7-10 minutes.
2. Take mussels off heat and discard any unopened ones. Remove stems from thyme and bay leaf and stir in fresh parsley. Serve warm with crusty bread for dipping.

Serves 1.

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