Mussels with Oven Fries

Mussels with Oven Fries Recipe
Photo: Sang An


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 40 Minutes
Other: 50 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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


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.

Sara Quessenberry,

Real Simple

July 2006
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