Mussels in White Wine Garlic Sauce – Mr. Wonderful’s Favorite Meal for Two

February 15, 2012Katie


This is something I did the other night.  Mr. Wonderful was working late.  I didn’t know what to fix him.  The kids were gone.  What resulted has had him talking ever since.

I had a bag of frozen mussels in the freezer left over from our Crab Boil for Chris’ birthday.

I started with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter.  Put them in a pot and let the butter melt and the olive oil heat up.  Swirled the pot around a bit and let them get nice and cozy together.

Chopped up one-half a large onion pretty fine.  Also chopped up 3 cloves of garlic – again pretty fine.

Tossed them into the pot with the olive oil and butter.

Cook them low -you don’t want them to brown, just get nice and transluscent and soft.

Add one cup of white wine.

I also added 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme.

Then I mixed all of this together and dumped in a pound of mussels.  I buy them frozen at Wal-Mart.  It’s what we have to do in the southwest.  Please don’t judge us non-oceanic people.  But we have incredible beef out here.

Can I just stop for a minute and tell you… when we do a crab boil, I don’t really care for mussels.  In this recipe, I actually like them….it’s all in the sauce I think.

Stir the mussels into the sauce and pop the lid on.

Cook for about 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat.  Any mussel that doesn’t open, you want to throw away.  They’re bad I tell ya…BAD! Toss em!

While that’s cooking, take a loaf of your favorite crusty bread and put it into the oven to warm.  I put mine right on the oven rack at 350º for about 8 minutes.  It’s perfect.

Now take your mussel pot and pour the whole mess, broth and all into a bowl.

Take your crusty bread and slice it.  Place it around the outside of the bowl.

You could serve this with a salad and it’s a nice light meal for two.

Or serve it as an appetizer.

Either way, I know it makes Mr. Wonderful happy.

If it makes him happy, I’m happy.

And I kind of like it myself.

Katie’s Printable Recipe – Mussels in White Wine Garlic Sauce

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  • nude provacateuse

    December 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Mr. Wonderful made out like a fat wharf cat! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I added this site to my favorites so I can trick a sour puss into thinking he's Mr. Wonderful. Keep your fingers crossed, maybe it'll work. From: An Ex-Seasider who can never find anything good to eat inland.
    1. dishinanddishes

      December 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm

      Nude Prvacateuse...good luck with Mr. Sour Puss! Maybe it'll warm his heart!
  • Tinydancer

    March 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Bought a bag of mussels at Wal-mart on a whim, came home and googled....this recipe popped up. After a next day trip to get garlic I made this for dinner. I have to admit I ate most of them but my uber picky hubby enjoyed the dish. Thanks!
  • suki

    May 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Do you defrost the mussels first?
    1. dishinanddishes

      May 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      Suki -no just toss them in and let them cook!
  • christine

    September 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Hello Katie! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a lovely blog and awesome Mussels in white wine with garlic sauce recipe. You just gave me another reason to love mussels. By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other Foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!

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