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Mussels With Saffron Wine Sauce

Mussels With Saffron Wine Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 first-course servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 6 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 pounds cleaned, bearded, and soaked mussels
  • 1 large egg


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the shallots, parsley, garlic, salt, saffron, pepper, and wine, and bring to a boil, stirring. Add the mussels, reduce the heat to low, cover, and steam until the shells are open, for about 3 minutes. Discard any unopened mussels. Strain and reserve the liquid (makes about 2/3 cup liquid). Keep the mussels covered and warm.

  • Place the egg in a food processor, turn on the machine, and slowly drizzle in the 2/3 cup mussel cooking liquid. Slowly drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup of oil. Process until the mixture has the texture of a thin mayonnaise. Makes 1 1/3 cups.

  • To serve, arrange 6 mussels in each of 4 shallow soup bowls and drizzle each serving with 1/3 cup of the sauce, making sure to get some of the sauce into all of the mussel shells. Serve immediately.

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