ffwD: moules marinière

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I’m usually a bit concerned when there are five Fridays, thus five ffwD assignments, in one month. It’s difficult to make so many dishes when I’m already scaling down the recipes for myself. However, I lucked out with January’s lineup because I made all the dishes in advance while my sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist) was in town over Christmas. One of the highlights was this week’s moules marinière.

Per Dorie’s suggestion, these tasty little mussels were served piping hot. My sister and I downed these like nobody’s business. Additionally, I thickened the mussels’ steaming liquid and used it as a sauce for the side of fettucine I had on hand. It was an absolutely delicious and easy to prepare meal.

These moules marinière were made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

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70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Promenade Claire
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 16:17:03

    Loving the sound of thickening the leftover sauce with pasta

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 16:18:03

    I like the idea of the fettucine soaking up the sauce. This dish is beautiful!

  3. SandraM
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 16:29:36

    Those sound good. I love mussels. And using the sauce for pasta is brilliant.
    Will be having mussels out tonight…creamy curry style. :)

  4. Hotly Spiced
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 16:55:38

    It’s great you had your sister with you to share this meal that sounds like it was a huge success. The thickened sauce with fettucine must have been very tasty xx

  5. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 16:58:26

    Mussels are so classy, I love your presentation :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  6. Sara
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 17:16:12

    Thickening the sauce for use with fettuccine? Brilliant! Also, yummy!

  7. Norma Chang
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 17:53:17

    Those sure are plump mussels. You have the prettiest dishes.

  8. Krist @ msfk
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 18:26:16

    Gorgeous presentation!

  9. tastytreats13
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 18:48:59

    They look amazing!

  10. cecilia
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 19:34:14

    this is just beautiful.. c

  11. Mary
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 19:57:55

    Well they certainly look delicious! great to serve it with fettuccine!
    Mary x

  12. Cathleen
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 19:58:47

    I think I have had mussels twice in my lifetime, your presentation makes me want to try them again.

  13. bakeawaywithme.com
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 20:04:11

    You did a great job on these…I really am not a shellfish fan, but my husband loved them! Happy weekend!

  14. Mary Hirsch
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 21:41:41

    Your leftovers wound delicious also. The mussels were wonderful. Your sister was certainly an ideal taste tester and know you had fun working your way through these recipes.

  15. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 21:42:47

    Although I am not a seafood person, I can handle mussels. :P

  16. Anita Menon
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 22:40:00

    i have never had mussels in my life. This dish just tempts me to change that.

  17. trevorsisboom
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 22:54:44

    What a great idea to make a sauce!

  18. theseasonedtraveler
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 03:47:35

    Gorgeous. These mussels look so enticing and make for such a special meal.

  19. Food,Photography & France
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 05:02:12

    Lovely shot, Yummy:)

  20. Karen
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 07:14:51

    How clever to thicken the sauce for the pasta you served alongside.

  21. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:16:54

    Brilliant to use that precious sauce for pasta.

  22. mimi
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 11:03:52

    Beautiful. I order these all the time on vacations. I’ve never made them at home, though, because I live in Oklahoma! I wouldn’t trust frozen ones.

  23. Sara
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:16:12

    These look soooooooo good!! Wow! I love mussels but have always shied away from making them at home…I should clearly reconsider that!

  24. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:57:02

    Wow this looks so good! What a perfect celebration dish :)

  25. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 13:17:35

    Oh boy do I love mussels. These look great.

  26. Arthur in the Garden!
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 13:47:37

    Yummy!

  27. sprinklesandsauce
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:02:08

    We love mussels!

  28. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:39:34

    The worst part of cooking mussels is cleaning them scrubbing each one separately. This recipe sounds like the effort is worthwhile.

  29. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:48:53

    Since I live somewhere that I can easily buy mussels now, I really have no excuse to skip this one. Gotta get on it because they look soooooooo good!

  30. Andrea
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 19:15:40

    I’ve had this earmarked to do for some time … and now may HAVE to be the tim! Looks great!

  31. Ameena
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 19:36:55

    I’ve never had a mussel before…hard to believe. They look a bit….scary. Not your dish of course, just in general.

    I must broaden my horizons!

  32. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 21:07:57

    Beautiful!!!! And I love the idea of using the liquid on fettuccine!!! YUM!

  33. Monica
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 21:16:38

    I like mussels, my husband loves mussels! We order them all the time but I only cooked them once because I had such a hard time getting that “beard” off! This inspires me to try again.

  34. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 21:34:23

    Those look phenomenal. I am obsessed with mussels, I love to eat them for lunch! :) So delicious!

  35. Cakelaw
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 23:42:14

    What a great idea to use the broth for pasta sauce!

  36. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 00:42:31

    These look exactly like the ones I order in a high end restaurant! Well done!

  37. Constance Ant
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:55:07

    you can bake and cook well! so jealous :P

  38. Daniela
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:55:58

    I love moules and these look fantastic.
    Great idea to use the steaming liquid as sauce!

  39. nana
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 08:03:53

    That is a great photo. Using this over pasta is a wonderful idea, the sauce makes a great flavorful topping.

  40. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 08:50:51

    Love the idea of using the liquid to make a pasta sauce – ingenious! Glad you enjoyed!

  41. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:02:41

    Glad you enjoyed these. Great idea to multi-task and use the sauce for pasta.

  42. Cher
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:19:12

    Great way to make the most of the meal. This was both good and easy!

  43. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 12:58:45

    I love mussels! Great idea to thicken the leftover liquid for pasta. It is so flavorful and I always hate to throw it away.

  44. What Jessica Baked Next
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 13:44:55

    Looks delicious, one of my fav recipes :)

  45. oneexpatslife
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 14:47:40

    That is indeed the great thing about mussels, they are so easy to scale up or down for however many people you have to feed.

  46. betsy
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:01:40

    So nice to have someone to share these with. I love mussels over pasta. That’s what I usually do with any leftovers when I make them.

  47. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:42:10

    Great idea of thickening the sauce and using it on pasta. These mussels were terrific.

  48. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 17:56:57

    Hmm…I didn’t think about making pasta sauce. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 18:32:59

    Oh goodness, loving all these ideas in the comments. Also really making me hungry now!

  50. Guyla
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 19:36:13

    How nice to share with your sister. Makes me miss mine! Great idea to thicken the sauce and serve over pasta.

  51. Tracy
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 21:24:42

    I have never tried mussels before.

  52. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 22:14:56

    Love the presentation, girl!! I love mussels…wish my husband did too!

  53. The Fashion Fraction
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 03:12:08

  54. TrafficDiva
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 05:44:06

    What a lovely presentation!!! Most high end restaurants couldn’t have made a better looking dish!! YUMMMMMMMM!!!! =)

  55. Beth
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 06:25:13

    How nice that you were able to share these with your sister.

  56. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 06:28:48

    I love your idea for soaking up the sauce with the pasta even better than a hearty piece of bread. Lovely dish!

  57. The Squishy Monster
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:58:43

    I could soak up that sauce with most anything…delicious!

  58. Sally Sellwood (@Recipejunkie27)
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 14:32:21

    Oh delicious, I LOVE moules.

  59. DSN Engineer
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 15:20:51

    This is a pretty picture with the blue on the inside of the mussels.

  60. Alex
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 17:21:53

    I could have a whole dish right now!

  61. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 18:23:47

    Lovely mussels and it sounds really delicious paired with the pasta!

  62. Carolyn Jung
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 22:01:05

    Mussels and clams are such pinch hitters. They really shine without much effort. And are always so delectable.

  63. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 23:04:07

    That is one gorgeous photo! And I love mussels. So simple, full of protein and just so good!

  64. Raymund
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 01:50:24

    I love this, in fact I had an overdoze of this one when I was in Europe for my vacation last year, most of the French restaurants serve this

  65. greyhousejournal
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 03:45:34

    Love, love, love mussels! Thanks for alerting me to this recipe. Yum! Hope the time with your sister was great!

  66. Gloria
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 05:20:49

    I really love moules marinières! With french fries it’s delicious!
    xoxo

  67. amanda
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 07:47:45

    lovely seafood

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  68. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:50:46

    what a great meal to have with your sister! Glad it was a fun and memorable time

  69. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 08:00:14

    We loved this recipe too. Wish we had made them with “Frites.” Coveting your beautiful serving dish!

  70. jora
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 11:14:53

    I really like the fettuccine idea. I make these just for the sauce!

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