Tuesday, May 31, 2011

mussels & pernod cream sauce

While in Nice, France we had lunch at this charming little cafe and I had the most amazing mussels!!  They were in a Pernod cream sauce and I have been dreaming about them ever since.  They are a great main course or appetizer :) Jouir de!!

1 Tbsp butter
1 fennel bulb
2 shallots, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bottle white wine
1/2 cup good quality heavy cream
2 tsp Pernod (French licorice flavored liqueur)
1 bag mussels
Kosher Salt
Fresh ground pepper

Clean mussels completely, you can find the how to here...(http://whiskusaway.blogspot.com/2009/07/mussels-in-creamy-garlic-sauce.html)

In a large pot, melt butter and cook fennel and shallots over low heat with a little salt until soft, about five minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook. Season with salt and pepper. Add Pernod and reduce. Add white wine and cream. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add mussels and cover. Once they begin to open, remove them one at a time with a slotted spoon into a bowl. Pour sauce over mussels and serve. Jouir de!!

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