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Mussels with Oven Fries

Photo: Sang An
Prep time 40 mins
Other time 50 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes (peeled, if desired)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 leeks (white and light green parts), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 574
  • caloriesfromfat 42 %
  • fat 27 g
  • satfat 10 g
  • cholesterol 94 mg
  • sodium 1,374 mg
  • carbohydrate 42 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • sugars 3 g
  • protein 31 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.

    Cut the potatoes into French fry-size strips. Place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil, season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and toss. Spread in a single layer. Roast until golden and crisp, 45 to 50 minutes.

    Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the leeks and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the wine, tomatoes, and the remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the mussels, cover, and cook until they open, about 3 minutes. Discard any mussels that remain closed. Divide the mussels and cooking liquid among individual bowls. Serve with the fries and an extra bowl for the discarded shells.

    Tip: Refrigerate the mussels as soon as you get home from the store. If you can't cook them that night, remove the packaging, transfer them to a bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and keep in the refrigerator for no more than 24 hours.