This French stalwart has stood the test of time and appears on the menu at virtually every bistro.
1kg live mussels
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
150ml white wine
2 sprigs of thyme
150ml double cream
Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley
leaves picked and chopped
Crusty bread, to serve.
1. Rinse the mussels thoroughly under plenty of running water and pull off the stringy beards, throwing away any broken shells and any that don’t close tightly when you tap them.
2. Take a large heavy-based pan with a snug-fitting lid and heat the olive oil.
3. Add the onion and garlic and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes until soft.
4. Pour in the wine and as it boils and the alcohol burns, add the mussels and thyme. Cover and let the mussels steam for 3-4 minutes. They are ready when the shells have opened.
5. Add the cream and cook for 1 minute more.
6. Scatter with parsley and serve immediately with crusty bread, remembering to discard any mussels that haven’t opened.