Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Post Office Mussels

So named because I came up with the recipe while waiting on line at the post office near my apartment in Paris. To amuse waiting customers, there is a television that shows cooking (why I cannot find said station on the tv in my apartment continues to confuse me) - another time someone made kebabs with scallops and pieces of apples - yum! After watching (no sound at all) the construction of this delicious-looking recipe, I gleaned the basics, and came up with the delicious specifics myself:

Mussels with Blue Cheese Cream Sauce

Ingredients (serves 2)

1/2 lb mussels
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup creme fraiche (yogurt will not work as a replacement on this one - I tried once and it curdled. Low fat sour cream might do)
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled or diced
1 tbl herbs de Provence
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt and pepper

I like to use little crocks to bake individual servings, but you could also make it all in one batch in a baking dish and then serve. For a variation, add some tiny mushrooms, caramelized onions and/or some fresh spinach into the mix - also delicious!


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In 2 little crocks, add a few drops of olive oil to the base and then add mussels. Add 1/4 cup white wine to each crock, herbs de Provence, and a little salt and pepper. Stir. Place creme fraiche and blue cheese on top and place crocks in the oven. The cheese and creme will melt down into the mussels, so no need to stir until the middle of cooking. Bake for 20-30 minutes until bubbling, stirring once all of the cheese has melted. Serve with baguette. Enjoy!

One of my favorite cheese plates at left - Morbier at left, chevre dipped in ash at front right, and a creamy type of brie whose name always escapes me (it looks like a Bourgogne, and is similar to but has a different name) from an excellent cheese shop on the Rue Montorgueil, seen in my friend Karen's photo below.


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  2. Blue cheese is great, so underrated by most people. Morbier is also a personal favorite!

    You should check out the TV show "Un dîner presque parfait" that features people creating their own menus and decor for their dinner parties...

  3. Oooh! is that like the one in UK where everyone votes on whose meal was the best? What channel is the one you mention on? Not that I've been watching much of any TV here at all, but every time I've tried to find a channel like "the food network," I fail.