Moules-frites or mussels and french fries
 
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Take a culinary trip to Belgium with a taste of their national dish:Moules-frites or mussels and french fries. It's great for a romantic dinner or dinner-party too!
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Recipe type: lunch, dinner, dinner party
Cuisine: Belgium
Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 kilos or 4.4 lbs of fresh mussels
  • 20 g or 1.5 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 stick of celery, cut in half
  • 250 ml or 1 cup of a dry white wine
  • half a small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, only the leaves and roughly chopped
  • a batch of frozen french fries for two people
  • sliced baguette or crusty bread of choice, mustard (for bread) and green salad (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make sure that the mussels are thoroughly cleaned to remove any sand or dirt. Additionally remove the stringy parts that may be on some of the mussels. Rinse under cold water. If you are unsure about the freshness of the mussels make sure to consult with your fish monger before purchasing. Make sure to discard any damaged or cracked mussels.
  2. In a large and deep pan, melt the butter. Once melted add the shallots and sauté until soft, add the garlic and cook for two minutes, then add the celery and cook for another two minutes. Next gently place the cleaned mussels inside the pan and pour the wine over them. Set the heat to medium, cover the pot and cook the mussels for 10 minutes. Checking and stirring the pot now and then. While you’re waiting you may want to fry the french fries. You’ll know the mussels are cooked when they open.
  3. 3. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: ALL MUSSELS THAT HAVE NOT OPENED NEED TO BE DISCARDED. IT IS NOT SAFE TO EAT THOSE. YOU’LL ALSO WANT TO REMOVE ANY THAT ARE CRACKED.
  4. Serve with french fries, a crusty baguette, a green salad and a glass of wine if desired.
Notes
Recipe adapted and translated from this recipe.
Recipe by Spicie Foodie ™ at https://www.spiciefoodie.com/2014/10/12/earth-eats-moules-frites-from-belgium-mussels-and-french-fries/