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Mussels in Saffron-Garlic Broth

Mussels in Saffron-Garlic Broth

Ingredients

3 1/2 to 4 pounds mussels, well scrubbed and debearded
  1/4 cups olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  large pinch saffron threads, crumbled
1 small bay leaf
  dried red pepper flakes, to taste
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1 1/4 cups dry white wine
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  sea salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Discard any mussels that do not close to the touch. In a mussel pot or large pot over medium to low heat, heat the olive oil with the butter until hot but not smoking. Add the onion garlic, saffron, and cook until the onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the bay leaf, red pepper, and wine, increase heat to medium-high and cook for about 2 minutes.

If using a regular pot, add the mussels. If using a mussel pot, place the wire grate in the pot and add the mussels. Scatter the parsley over the mussels and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, shaking the pot once or twice, until the mussels open, about 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened.

Serve the mussels directly from the pot at the table or spoon the mussels into four warmed bowls. Spoon the broth over the mussels. Serve with French fries or French Bread.

Serves 4.

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