Following on from our recent visit to Conwy and the stunning Mussels we had there, I thought I would try to recreate the dish, especially when Gordon had a sack full of the last Conwy Mussels of the season on his stall. Taking away a massive amount of mollusc's my brain got a-ticking on how to proceed and came up with this:-
Mussels in a Wine & Cream Sauce
Big Pile of Mussels approx 2Kg
200ml Double Cream
200ml Dry White Wine
2 cloves of garlic
1 leek - Finely chopped
Handful chopped parsley
Take 200ml of wine from the bottle and put to one side, pour some of the remaining wine into a glass, this will be required on standby during the tedious task of cleaning and de-bearding the mussels.
Heat the butter in a deep pan, add the leek and crushed garlic, cook slowly for a few minutes.
Add the Mussels, turn up the heat and cover for a few more minutes.
Add the wine, swizzle around the pan and steam the mussels for a couple of mins.
Then add the cream and scrape the zest of the lemon onto the pan and add the juice of half the lemon.
Put the lid back on for a couple more minutes, until the mussels are fully open.
Toss in the parsley.
Serve - with lots of crusty bread.
Hubby and I ate directly out of the cooking pot (saves on washing up!) dipping into the large pan full of mussels with bread and when the bread ran out spoons for we did not want to waste any of this delicious sauce. The lemon added the finishing sparkle, freshening the dish. If I dare say it was even better than the meal we had in Conwy.