MMmmmMussels for Dinner

Over the weekend I made my favorite mussel recipe and as I was sauteing the shallots I thought, “why haven’t I blogged about this yet?”. It’s a super easy and inexpensive meal that will most definitely impress anyone. Make sure that when you pour the cup of white wine to steam the mussels in, you pour one for yourself and sip away while they are cooking. I found this recipe last year while going through recipes on the Epicurious app on my iPhone and it sounded great. They are Mussels in Green Peppercorn Sauce and was originally written by Ruth Cousineau in Gourmet Magazine – Enjoy!

  • 2 large shallots, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried green peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 pounds cultivated mussels, scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Cook shallots in butter with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add peppercorns and cook, stirring, 2 minutes, then add wine and bring to a simmer. Add mussels and cook over high heat, covered, stirring once, until mussels just open wide, 5 to 7 minutes.
Discard any that remain unopened after 7 minutes. Transfer mussels with a slotted spoon to serving bowls. Stir cream into cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Stir in parsley and salt to taste. Spoon sauce over mussels.


Serve with fresh bread and/or fresh homemade french fries!


  1. Samantha
    November 9, 2011

    Honestly never would have thought of green peppercorns and mussels! Awesome! And I love easy things to impress guests, they’re the best.

    • Erin
      November 15, 2011

      OMG these are so good.. you need to try – they are sweet yummy goodness. Thanks sam for the comment and reading! xo


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