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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Steamed Mussels: Moules Mariniere #French Fridays with Dorie #Foodie Friday

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Steamed Mussels: Moules Mariniere: Simple Living and Eating


It's a Dorista Foodista post. The day I recovered from my cold I left for a cross country ski trip with my family. I have been doing laundry for the last two days. Let me tell you when you XC ski you sweat right through to your coat, everything, gloves, hats, etc. need to be washed, so I haven't had a lot of blogging time this week.



The skiing was amazing. Perfect XC weather. Temps in the 20's, clear and bright.. a little dusting of new snow… all that you can ask for. I was still a bit wiped out from my illness, so I spent a little more time reading by the lodge fire than the rest of clan. I highly recommend the place we stayed: The Garnet Hill Lodge: well priced, gorgeous trails, good food. 



On the topic of good food… mussels ranks as one of my family's favorites. Since my kids were toddlers they have been fascinated with dissecting steamed mussels. Why I never prepare them at home I don't know? They are inexpensive, and most fish shops will sell them to you debearded and scrubbed; so all you have to do is steam them in your favor sauce.

I grew up in a beach town in Connecticut, along with being Southern Italian we ate mussels all of the time, usually the sauce was a Marinara with tons of garlic.


http://www.anothertravelguide.com/eng/europe/belgium/brussels/connoisseurs_guide_/the_incredible_taste_travels_of_sirmais/culinary_babel_of_brussels/


I didn't really fall in love with mussels until I went to Brussels. 

Yes, mussels in Brussels are exceptional. 

There are many street kiosks that serve over stuffed pots of mussels with your choice of sauce along with french fries. Moules and pommes frites are everywhere to enjoy.


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This is literally how full the pots of mussels are that they serve in Brussels.

Dorie's moules mariniere is a classic way to prepare mussels. It is basically a chicken broth and white wine sauce seasoned with some shallots, garlic, and onions with a little bit of thyme and parsley. I recommend cutting Dorie's mussel portion in half, but doubling her sauce. My family likes to have lots of juice to dip crusty bread into…I think they like this as much or more than the mussels. Dorie's recipe was tasty but not exceptional.

My favorite way to prepare mussels is the Beligum way in a sauce of their famed Chimay Beer



Steamed Mussels: Simple Living and Eating

Belgian Mussels

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 10 minutes                                 serves: 2 - 4

Ingredients:

2 pounds of scrubbed debearded fresh mussels
1 tablespoon of butter
1 shallot chopped
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1 teaspoon of thyme
1/4 cup of fresh parsley chopped
1 cup of vegetable broth
1 cup of Chimay or other Belgian beer


Directions:

1) In a large stock pot heat the butter on medium high heat. Saute the shallot and garlic until limp. Add the seasoning and heat the herbs for about a minute.

2) Add the beer and vegetable broth to the pot and bring it to a boil.

3) When the liquid is boiling add the mussels. Stir them up in the sauce and cover them. Lower the heat to a simmer and let the mussels steam for about 4 minutes. 

4) Open the pot and stir the mussels. They should mostly be all open. If not cover the lid and let them steam for another minute or two. Do not eat any mussels that did not open. 

Serve with crusty bread for dipping and crisp french fries. 





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66 comments:

  1. Diane,
    The hubby would love those mussels. Great photos. Hope you had a wonderful time and are feeling better.
    Almost forgot...thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. Just tired from the trip, but the cold is gone… all that fresh air cleared it right out of me. Good to see you Annamaria.

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  2. Hi Diane,
    Looks like you had a great Ski trip, I love sitting in the lodge sipping hot drinks. Your Mussels look amazing, my husband would just love them, he is a big Mussels fan. Hope you have a warm and cozy weekend and thanks for the party.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      I think all the moms enjoy the warm quiet time by the fire. Good to see you.

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  3. Mussels in Brussels...love it! I've never had mussels and have also never been skiing, so I hung on every word of this post. I'm thinking these warm, flavorful mussels with crusty bread would be an excellent meal after skiing all day! Thank you for the party, Diane!

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    1. You love all kinds of seafood… you have to get a hold of some mussels you would love them Michelle.

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  4. Looks like you had a great time Diane! Thanks for featuring my soup... have a great weekend!

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    1. You are so welcome... perfect soup for this time of year. We all need a little bit of citrus.

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  5. Looks like so much fun, Diane! :) Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. You are welcome Jamie always good to see you.

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  6. You are quite the trouper to go skiing after being ill Diane. Looks like you chose a lovely location and reading by the fire was an excellent way to relax and get on your way feet (and not have to cook). We love Moules and my husband usually steams them in a white wine and tomato broth. We must try your beer recipe. Have a good weekend and stay warm. Thanks for hosting.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam,
      Even though I wasn't feeling 100% it was good to get away, yes, and not cook. The food was really good there. Had my first Beef Wellington.

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  7. What a great ski trip Diane! Thanks for another fabulous party...

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  8. Thanks for hosting!! have a great day! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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  9. I have never had mussels before, and the idea of serving it with french fries seems odd to me, lol. I guess I think of mussels as a fancy food.
    It looks like the ski trip was a lot of fun! I'm glad you are feeling better.

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    1. In Brussels mussels are street food, quick and easy to make… so no they are not fancy and they are usually served with fries. Surprised you never had them when you were in New England. We used to dig them up on the beach. They are really tasty.

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  10. Looks like you had an amazing trip, Diane! Thank you for hosting the party. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. It was terrific.. good to see you here Ambreen.

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  11. Oh my! We need to get to Brussels quickly because we are LOVING that picture of the mussels in the pot! Sign me up!

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    1. Always up for Brussels.. a great food city.

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing the Coffee Buns.

    Your Belgian Mussels sound much tastier than Dorie's Moules Mariniere. I did not mind hers but it wasn't something I would make again.

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    1. Yeah, not the most exciting recipe. You should try my beer version it has more flavor.

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  13. Well...I knew the comments were down here somewhere! yes, "tasty but not exceptional' is exactly what I would say as well. Yet if I had them in Brussels, southern Italy or even in Connecticut in a cold lodge I would have loved them quite a bit more. But I am funny that way.

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    1. You are funny that way… thanks for commenting.

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  14. Thanks for the fun party, Diane. I'm in a mad rush today so I'm linking and running but I'll be back over the weekend to visit everyone's beautiful creations. Hope you've had a fabulous week!

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    1. I appreciate you returning and taking the time to look at people's recipes. Good to see you Robyn.

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  15. Ooh, I'm going to have to try mussels in the beer broth. Also, "mussels in Brussels" is totally going on my bucket list. Your mussels look lovely!

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    1. There seems to be a few folks who would like to go to Brussels. I may have to organize an eating trip.

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  16. Diane, I love the photos you shared. I'm so impressed that your kids always loved to eat mussels!
    Thanks or hosting another fun link party!

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    1. I never assume with any food that my kids won't like it. I've seen to many parents underestimate what their kids will like and dislike… when you really look at mussels what kid wouldn't be fasinated by them?

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  17. Defintely needed to double the sauce! We enjoyed these.
    Hope you are feeling better.

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    1. Sounds like you're a dipper too... love crusty bread in the juice.

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  18. That sauce you speak of sounds absolutely divine. I've only had a couple experiences with mussels. My favorite one was when I was visiting friends in Alaska. We went out in their boat and did some exploring along the bay, picked out an uninhabited island, dug for mussels on the beach, started a fire, and roasted them on the spot. Coolest thing ever!!! There's something about living off the land that just makes you feel so independent. I'm going to pin your recipe! I'm like you - "why have I never actually made these at home??". :)

    I shared Power Breakfasts: Delicious Eats for Energy. Some healthy options for when we need a boost in the morning. Thanks for hosting and as always have a fabulous weekend!!

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    1. I've been to Brussels but I've never been to Alaska... at this time in my life your adventure is more appealing... mussels on the beach is got to be cooler than mussels in a cafe.

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  19. My husband loves mussels…me not so much. I try to eat a few just to be a good sport, but this is not something I could make a meal of. Lucky for me the bread and broth was delicious! I will have to give your recipe a try…my husband still talks of the wonderful mussels he had while we were in Holland.
    Love the photos of your ski trip…hope you are feeling better! Looks like you found a perfect place to relax!! Happy weekend, Diane!

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    1. Yes, I had terrific mussels in Holland too,, oh and great french fries. So glad you enjoyed the broth after I have had a certain amount of mussels I am more into the broth and bread myself. Yes, feeling better but still tired. Just got rid of a bunch of Boy Scouts... and my house is a mess again.

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  20. Thank you, thank you for the Chimay Beer recipe. I just now have read your Post and am delighted to see that. I like to drink Chimay Beer so it may have trouble ever getting into the mussel pot. One sip for Mary, one sip for the mussels. I DID cut the mussels to 2 pounds and double the ingredient portions and still did not feel that the broth was very flavorful. Mussels are so easy to make and I love to eat them (with pommes frites and a baguette or two) so I am going to mess around with your recipe and see what I come up with. OR, a better idea, let's just you and I take a few days and run off to Belgium. I had the best food EVER in that country. Glad you are feeling better.

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    1. Mary I think there are a few of us that wouldn't mind a weekend in Beligum. I agree Mary absolutely one of the best food countries. How can it not be with the combo Flemish French influence. I read that there are more 3 star Michelin restaurants in Brussels than Paris.

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  21. Thanks for posting the recipe! I actually have some Chimay in my fridge so I might give this a try.

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  22. Glad you are feeling better and enjoyed your ski trip. The mussels are terrific, and such a quick easy meal - don't know why we don't make them more often!

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    1. I find it interesting that quiet a few of us wondered why we never made mussels at home. They really are the easiest shellfish to cook.

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  23. Sorry to hear that you've not been well. The ski trip looked amazing - I have never skiied in my life. I didn't mind the mussels. The pot of Belgium mussels is amazing!

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    1. Never skied... I highly recommend cross country skiing to start...it is much less intimidating than down hill and great winter exercise. Chimay is a great beer for drinking and for cooking.

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  24. I love dipping bread into the sauce, just like your family does. And, using beer, especially Belgian beer, sounds like a tasty substitution for the wine. I've seldom met a mussel I didn't like. And, the frites sound fabulous. I'm going to have to try making some next time I make mussels. Take care of yourself. I hope you are on the mend, Diane.

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    1. HI Betsy, I'm not surprised that a fellow New Englander would also be a big mussel fan... try the beer it's great. Yes, and thanks I am feeling better.

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  25. Lovely presentation, and using the beer instead of wine sounds very interesting.

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  26. Unfortunately I do not like mussels at all! and I have never cooked them. I had some in Brussels but I was more interested in the pomme frites and the mayo!!

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    1. The mayo is amazing...I remember now. I heard they fry their french fries in lard.. might explain why they taste so good.

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  27. Thanks for sharing the recipe for Belgian Mussels. I can't wait to try them. We love mussels at my house. I had no leftovers of Dorie's recipe. Thanks also for posting the recipe on pretzel bites - I will be making them this week:)

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    1. I'm a pretzel and mussel lover too... I hope you enjoy the beer recipe. It's a nice variation.

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  28. I have actually never tried mussels. I bought them for a meal last summer, but half of them were open when I got home from the store. I cooked the remaining ones, and all but one did not open! That's what I get for buying seafood in Iowa. ;) Thanks so much for the party. Have a great week. :)

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    1. I usually post seafood recipes that can be made with frozen seafood because especially for you folks in the Midwest getting safe seafood can be difficult. Well, if you are ever in NY I will bring you out for a big steaming plate with side of pommes frites.

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  29. I grew up on the East Coast and am a Mussels lover but have to admit I've never made them myself. Tweeting a share of this recipe, can't wait to try it for the family.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe I hope you enjoy it.

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  30. Looks like you had a great ski trip! Your mussels look great - I enjoyed dipping bread in the juices too.

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    1. I'm so spoiled my husband makes the best bread to go with the mussels.

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  31. I love moules mariniere! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    I found your blog via the Hearth & Soul Hop this week.

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    1. People seem to love or hate mussels..no in between. So glad you found us. Hope to see you again.

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  32. Glad your trip went well! I love mussels - this recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  33. Hi Diane,
    Thanks so much for sharing all this wonderful food with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  34. My husband loves moules mariniere and your recipe sounds right up his street. The skiing looks marvellous - I'm sorry you missed out, but you sure do look cosy and warm in the hotel :-)

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  35. I've always wanted to go cross-country skiing. Thanks for sharing the pics!

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    1. It's a lot of fun and great exersise. I just came back from skiing while my dog walked.

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