Who am I kidding…this is my ALL-time, all-season favorite meal! Mussels, white wine, onions, garlic, shoestring french fries, and a baguette to soak up all that lovely, super flavorful broth - HECK YEAH!!!
Recently, we had been on a crazy juggling exercise of business and family schedules and throw in our 12 year-old Connor’s all-star game travel series for good measure. ;) We were so looking forward to relaxing at his Sunday early evening baseball game at the picturesque Marine Field overlooking the Newport Harbor when the gray ominous clouds rolled in and the skies opened up to a deluge of torrential rain. Well, there went that game. In place, we set up our newly acquired and freshly painted mini picnic table (Thank you, Sass) with a mussel spread that would make a nostalgic New Englander proud! I seriously cannot get enough of these beautiful navy blue bivalve mollusks with a pearly blue shelled interior….and they are so inexpensive to buy. For a couple pounds that can feed our family of 4 - they come in at $10! So think twice when you order them at a restaurant as they are so easy to make at home and serve al fresco on a porch like we did. Enjoy the summer friends!
Moules Frites a la Mullins
2 lb. mussels, de-bearded and scrubbed
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
Sliced garlic - 2 cloves
Cherry tomatoes (gave a pop of color!) - handful or 2
1 medium sliced shallot
A splash of seafood broth
Rosemary and Thyme Newport Sea Salt Co.
Well, our how-to as there are so many many ways to ‘Moules-Frites’….
Shortcut: Take freezer shoestring fries and pop them into a pre-heated oven…meanwhile have all your ingredients ready to go.
First, heat olive oil and butter in a 12” high-sided skillet over low heat.
Take chopped shallots and throw it into the skillet, the aroma will envelop your kitchen…
After approx. 6 minutes, add sliced garlic and lightly sea salted tomatoes to skillet…
Let “marry” for a few minutes, then add white wine (that you enjoy) to the skillet, take a sip of your own and chat for a minute, and then add a splash of seafood broth…still with me???
Add scrubbed and de-bearded mussels, season with a sprinkle of sea salt, bring up to medium-high and COVER your skillet…
Cook, occasionally shaking skillet, until all mussels are opened, about 5 minutes.
Open the lid….and smell the DIVINE aroma waft out of the mussel heaven pan…..Divide mussels, only if you want to share between 2 large bowls or if you want to save some dishes just serve from the pan and throw those fries in, baby! I sprinkle our shoestring fries with our Rosemary and Thyme Sea Salt and serve with a mustard aioli…let me know if you would like that recipe…;)
Add friends and family around your picnic table and enjoy! OH>>>>>and serve chilled white wine or beer…it completes this meal!