Classic French Mussels

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 shallots, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 pounds mussels, cleaned

1 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Kosher salt

Crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the mussels, wine, cream, butter, and parsley and season well with salt. Give it a good stir, cover the pot, and cook until mussels open and are cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Divide the mussels and the juices between 2 bowls and serve with the crusty bread.