Mussels with Saffron Curry Cream (Cafe Campagnard)
Cuisine: French
Author: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Prep time: 1 hour 25 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 1 hour 37 mins
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/3 Cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 Braeburn apple; diced fine
  • 1 garlic clove; minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/3 Cup white wine
  • 1/4 Cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon Brandy
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (yellow portion of peel)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pound mussels; see * Note
  1. * Note: To prepare mussels for cooking, scrub hard and remove whiskers.
  2. Place mussels in a shallow pan of cold water, sprinkle with a little cornmeal and let sit for 1 hour.
  3. Mussels will usually feed on the cornmeal and purge themselves of sand.
  4. Melt butter in large saucepan. Add water, onion, apple, garlic and ginger.
  5. Cover tightly and cook over medium heat until soft, about 8 minutes.
  6. Watch carefully to prevent scorching.
  7. Stir in wine, cider, brandy, saffron, curry powder, lemon zest, thyme and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/4.
  8. Stir in cream and lemon juice. (Recipe can be made ahead to this point.)
  9. Refrigerate, covered, then return to saucepan and return to a simmer just before cooking mussels.)
  10. Add mussels to pan. Cover and cook just until shells open, about 2 minutes.
  11. Sauce will come to a full boil. Reduce heat; toss mussels with sauce.
  12. Serve immediately.
Taster's note: Excellent recipe. Serve with good French bread to dip in the sauce.
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