Classic Moules et frites (Mussels and French fries)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 6 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sprigs fresh parsley plus 2 chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds Bang's Island mussels (2 bags)
  • Pommes Frites preferably shoestring, for serving
  • Warm crusty bread for serving


  • In a large, deep sauté pan or a large, wide saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic, and herbs and cook, stirring, until shallots are soft and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine, heavy cream, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  • Increase the heat to high, add the mussels, cover the pan, and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until mussels have opened, 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and discard any mussels that have not opened. Transfer mussels and liquid to a large, deep serving bowl and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately with warm, crusty bread and Pommes Frites for dipping.
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