Mussels Mariniere

Mussels MariniereOn a recent episode of Hungry in Brooklyn, we had the pleasure of stopping in at Williamsburg seafood spot, Sel De Mer for a lesson on how to make the perfect Mussels Mariniere.  Despite what you may think, mussels are actually VERY easy to cook and, believe it or not, are some of the most inexpensive shellfish out there.  $6 and you’ve got a very special dinner for two in no time at all.

Mussels Mariniere (adapted from Jeff Slagg of Sel De Mer)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 3 shallots (sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • olive oil
  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 6 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and heat it up.  When it starts to shimmer, add your celery and cook until it begins to caramelize.  Next add the shallots and garlic and saute until transluscent.  Quickly add your mussels, white wine, and butter.  Salt and pepper, cover and wait until the mussels have just opened, about 3-5 minutes. Serve with oven-roasted fries or crusty bread!