My take on a classic European dish- mussels with french fries- moules frites! That’s a fancy french name for “mussels and fries”. This dish is made of thick cut french fries with mussels cooked in herbs, garlic, and white wine. The Belgians and the French battle it out to claim it their own- it’s simply delicious!
If you’re looking for a sweet dessert to top off the French-themed dinner- I got you. Try these little French lemon tartlets- one of my favorite desserts. Try it here.
If you’re trying to impress someone and are cooking on a budget- this is your go to dish. Mussels is one of the cheapest ways to eat seafood, and is so fun to cook. French food seems complicated and unapproachable to make to some, but I hope this step-by-step recipe for these mussels with french fries- moules frites (as the French would say!) will make it easy.
I got really up close with this mussel- this is my favorite shot of these moules frites!
Aren’t these so inviting? If this dish doesn’t scream romance, I don’t know what does!
This version is also slightly healthier by pan frying the french fries instead of deep frying them!
A fun little food hack from the French:
Wrap a bunch of herbs with cooking twine and use that through out the cooking process. This ensures that the herbs naturally infuse more evenly throughout the dish. I’ve never been much of a flower girl, I’d rather receive a nice bouquet of fresh herbs instead! (hint hint ;))
When you buy mussels from the store, they are still alive! Place in a large mixing bowl with ice and a bit of cold water, cover with a towel, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to cook! Discard the mussels that have cracked shells, or that are opened and cannot be closed with a gentle pat. In the end of the cooking process, discard any mussels that have not opened- these mussels are dead and can potentially make you sick if you consume them.
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