Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins
Don't let the recipe title fool you..... this is a creamy, elegant way to serve mussels. The flavor combination of cream, mustard and saffon is great. This recipe will easily double, triple, and quadruple. Mussels make a perfect appetizer served with crusty bread for sopping up the sauce or as a light meal by themsleves with a small salad, crusty bread and some wine. A good rule of thumb for mussels is 1/2 lb per person as an appetizer, 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per person as an entree'. Preparation time includes cleaning the mussels.
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 1 lb fresh mussels, cleaned
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, strong
- 1⁄3 cup heavy cream
- 1⁄4 teaspoon saffron
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- Place shallots and wine in a large, heavy sauce pan (or cast iron, french oven for larger quanities of mussels) and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add mussels to pan and steam, covered, for about 3 minutes or until the shells open.
- Remove mussels from the sauce pan, draining liquid back into the pot.
- Discard any mussles that do not open.
- Divide mussels among individual serving bowls and set a side.
- Strain cooking liquid and return to sauce pan.
- Add cream, saffron, salt, pepper and reduce until the sauce just starts to thicken.
- Pour sauce over mussels in the serving bowls and serve.