Around the Sound


Dec 18

Taylor Shellfish

Champagne Cream Mussels

Posted by Taylor Shellfish


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 
  • 1 cup chopped fresh fennel bulb 
  • 2 shallots, chopped 
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 
  • 1-1/2 cups Champagne (or white wine) 
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream 
  • 3 pounds Taylor Mediterranean Mussels, debearded
  • French Bread


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add fennel, shallots, garlic and fennel seeds.
  3. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Add Champagne and cream and boil about 10 minutes or until mixture becomes thick.
  5. Add mussels and cover.
  6. Cook about 5 minutes or until mussels open.
  7. Discard any unopened mussels.
  8. Serve with plenty of broth and, of course, French Bread. 

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