Saffron mussels

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PREP TIME

10 min

Makes

2 main-course servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 kg mussels
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • generous pinches saffron threads , or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground saffron

Instructions

  • Scrub mussels under cool running water and remove any beards. Discard mussels that won’t close when gently tapped.
  • Heat butter in a large wide saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add wine and saffron. Boil gently, uncovered and stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  • Add mussels to pan, cover and boil gently, stirring occasionally until mussels open, about 5 to 6 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 164,
  • Protein
  • 16 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g,

The world’s most expensive spice, saffron, is divinely combined here with one of the cheapest fresh seafoods, mussels.