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Mussels cooked in a white wine stock

Mussels cooked in a white wine stock
Mussels cooked in a white wine stock.

Wintertime is mussel season. Lucky you, if you live somewhere near the ocean, you always can buy fresh sea shells. Thanks to the great inventor of the refrigerator, we all can enjoy scallops in various ways - even during the warm season. All kinds of algae develop during the summer. Some of the components are toxic and get filtered by the clams. The fishermen put them in fresh water and leave them there for several weeks. During this time the poisonous substances will be flushed out again and cannot do any harm anymore.

Mussels can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Baltic Sea and even in the Mediterranean Sea. Before preparing them, it´s important to find out, if they are still alive. This is very easy. Just check, if the shells are closed. Sometimes they open up a little, but you can knock on them and see, if the mussel reacts. All the shells which don't close and stay open, you can throw away.

Here is a basic recipe for mussels - this is what you need:

1000 g Mussels
1 Onion
2 Garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons herbs (parsley, oregano, thyme - whatever you like)
¼ Dry white wine

Now let´s start cooking:

Now it´s time to clean the shells. Just take a brush and scrub them under running water.
Afterwards you can put them in a bowl.
Clean the mussels
Clean the mussels.

Cleaned mussels in a bowl
Cleaned mussels in a bowl.

Cut some onion rings and a few garlic cloves.

Cut onion rings
Cut onion rings.

Heat up a pot and pour in the white wine.
Don't forget to ad herbs, pepper, the onion rings and the garlic cloves.

Heat up the pot
Heat up the pot.

As soon as the stock is broiling, fill up the pot with the mussels and let it brew for about 10 minutes.

Fill up the pot with the mussels
Fill up the pot with the mussels.

Put the mussels in a bowl and pour some stock over them.

Put the mussels in a bowl
Put the mussels in a bowl.

Delicious mussels.
Delicious mussels.

You can eat all mussels which are open, please throw the closed ones away. These are inedible. Dip some toast or French bread into the stock - it´s very delicious.


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