Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 8 Servings
This recipe is one of the simplest and most delectable recipes in the book. The flavor of the mussels pairs beautifully with the unique flavor that the saffron imparts to the broth. You will find yourself making this recipe again and again.
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- 2 1/2 teaspoons saffron threads
- 1 cup clam juice
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 3 tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 8 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chives, chopped
Melt the butter in a large pot, then add the garlic. Sauté until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine, half and half, and saffron; simmer for 5 minutes. Add the clam juice, scallions, tomato, and lemon juice, scallions, tomato, and lemon juice; simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the mussels, cover, and stream until they are open, about 5-7 minutes. Shake the pot, holding down the lid with a kitchen towel, to redistribute the mussels. Discard any mussels that do not open. Divide the mussels into eight bowls; distribute the broth equally among the bowls, and top each with fresh chives.