Parisians love seafood, and mussels in an herb-infused wine broth are a local favorite.
1 tablespoon butter, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
2 pounds small mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
4 (1/2-ounce) slices French bread, toasted
How to Make It
Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add shallots to pan, and cook 4 minutes or until shallots are tender, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in white wine, water, mussels, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until shells open. Remove from heat; discard any unopened shells. Divide mussels evenly among 4 serving bowls. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter to wine mixture in pan, stirring until melted. Discard bay leaf. Ladle 1/2 cup wine mixture over each serving. Sprinkle evenly with fresh parsley and tarragon; serve with French bread.
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I expected more from Cooking Light! The flavor was bland, but the biggest problem was the it says to cook the mussels for 3 minutes. They were barely done. I don't like seafood overdone, but most other recipes say 8-10 minutes.
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