Moules Mediterranee

Before we found the townhouse here in Sens we were house hunting in Brittany.  We booked a hotel in the walled city of St. Malo for 2 weeks, thinking that we would also take in the regional sights, vacationing a bit.  Actually we ended up doing all vacation because  it was bitterly, winter cold in the middle of July and while we loved eating, drinking and sightseeing there, we no longer wanted a summer house in Brittany.

But the seafood was marvelous!   It was in St. Malo that we first had mussels Mediterranean style and they were good!   I tried to duplicate the recipe for lunch today and served the mussels with garlic rubbed country bread.

Moules Mediterranee

1 onion, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

2 quarts fresh mussels

1/4 cup white wine

3 tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Cook the onion, pepper and garlic in the oil on medium flame until the onions are soft.  Turn up the flame to high and add the mussels.  Pour in the white wine and stir for about 1 minute.  Stir in the tomatoes, cover and cook for 5 minutes until all the mussels have opened.

Serve the mussels in large bowl with the broth and garlic toast.

Wine suggestion:  Bourgogne Aligote

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19 Responses to Moules Mediterranee

  1. Emma @ Sweet Mabel says:

    Looks delicious! x

  2. Tessa says:

    I love mussels. What a gorgeous dish!

  3. Sigh, just once I’d like to be bitterly cold in July. (Without the aid of AC.) Looks fabulous as always.

  4. I love mussels. This recipe is so wonderful in its simplicity and balance of flavors.

  5. Conor Bofin says:

    We have spent many happy half days in that part of the world – when I have got the family back to Roscoff half a day too early for the boat back to Ireland. Lovely towns all along that coastline and we would usually be there in time for lunch or dinner pre boat. Another fine photographic performance btw.

    • Thank you Conor. Although we don’t want to live there, we will certainly go back. And it would be great if we could plan to spend a few days there, then take the boat to Ireland! We haven’t been there for years.

  6. betty says:

    the whole dish looks so elegant, I’m impressed

  7. katyarich says:

    I love mussels and this recipe looks fabulous…..beautiful pictures.

  8. Moules! That does bring back good memories of Brittany. I kind of like the weather though: makes you want all those super heavy butter-filled pastries all the time!

  9. These do look wonderfully Mediterranean! Brittany is beautiful to visit, but a bit wet for my taste too!

  10. Sandra says:

    I love love love mussels! I can eat buckets of them. And they are so easy to make, as long as have a good source!

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