Mussels And French Fries
Moules Frites is a dish traditional to Northern France and if you haven't had the chance to try this great combination of fresh mussels simmered in white wine or light beer, and crispy French fries, you will love this recipes and will discover what you have been missing!
They are to be seen everywhere in Northern France and if you have been lucky enough to visit any of the markets in the region you may well have seen this dish and even tried them.
As the area is close to Belgium it has much of the Flemish flavour with many of it's dishes. Beer or cider is drunk with the dishes, especially the pale beers which are very good.
If you have been afraid to cook mussels, you are not on your own. Many people are reluctant to try and cook these wonderful shell fish yet they are so very easy to cook.
It is in fact the preparation that is important and once you understand this procedure, the rest is easy.
How To Cook Mussels
They need to be cleaned properly – scrubbed with a small brush under running water to remove the grit as you don't want any grit in your teeth.
Then you need to remove the beard – the long string like thing that hangs from the shells. This is time consuming, so allow plenty of time in which to do it.
Mussels need to be closed when you pop them in the pan – throw any away if they are open. When they are cooked they should be open – again, throw them away if they remain closed. Please take care with this part!
Now you are ready to make your moules frites!
Once you have mastered how to ready mussels for eating, then here are two other mussel recipes that you can delight in. Mussels In Wine, Moules à La Marinière in French which sounds mysteriously inviting, and the quick and easy Mussel Soup, which is a wonderful dish to serve your guests.