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    15 mins

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    10 mins

    French Tart's Note:

    I love Moules/Mussels, plus they are low in fat and high in minerals, making them very healthy! This is my own version of the Traditional French Moules Mariniere. The vermouth adds a complex and sweet taste to these mussels, and the tarragon compliments the vermouth perfectly. These mussels really are fragrant - the whole kitchen is perfumed with the sweet and aromatic smell whilst they are steaming! Serve with good bread and frites (French fries) for a delicious main meal or luncheon dish.

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    1. 1
      Melt the butter with the olive oil in a very large saucepan (one that has a matching lid).
    2. 2
      Add the finely minced garlic and pink shallots and cook over a gentle heat until they are soft but not coloured, for about 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the tarragon, parsley, salt and black pepper, sweat together for about 1 minute.
    4. 4
      Add the vermouth and wine and then tip in the cleaned mussels - give them a good stir and then put the lid on the saucepan and turn up the heat.
    5. 5
      Steam the mussels for about 2 to 8 minutes, this depends on the size of the mussels and if they are at room temperature or chilled; steam them until the shells have opened up.
    6. 6
      Serve the mussels in a large bowl with the cooking liquor poured over the top, and discard any mussels that have not opened up.
    7. 7
      Allow 500g per person for a main meal, with bread and frites.
    8. 8
      Make sure there is a bowl on the table to collect the empty mussel shells, plus plenty of napkins!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 27, 2012


      One of my absolutely favorite dish. Made this several times and finally had the chance to review it. Fragrant and delicious. Thank you!

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    • on January 17, 2011

      Another winner of a recipe. The combination of Vermouth & tarragon melded with parsley, shallots, garlic & white wine make this a taste sensation. We love mussels and thisrecipe was special Thanks for another great recipe FT

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    • on March 23, 2010

      LOVED these mussels! I did change them a little because the ones I had in Paris had Pernod in them, so I added about 2 Tbls. of same, a julienne of anise root and a couple of shakes of chili flakes. Really delicious. By the way, the second time I made these, I was out of Pernod, so I used about 2 tsp. Anise flavoring- they were great!

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    Nutritional Facts for Fragrant Steamed Mussels in Vermouth With Herbs and Shallots

    Serving Size: 1 (646 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 623.3
    Calories from Fat 183
    Total Fat 20.4 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 155.2 mg
    Sodium 1489.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 60.2 g

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