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Mussels And Fennel With Saffron Cream Sauce


  • 2 dozen live mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup julienne fennel (about 1/2 bulb)
  • 1 red pepper, julienne
  • 1 yellow pepper, julienne
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 ounces Herbsaint
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch saffron
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil. When the pan is hot, sauté the fennel, peppers, shallots and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pull the pan away from the heat and flame the Herbsaint. Place back on the heat and add the cream. Stir in the saffron. Bring the heat up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the mussels and cover. Simmer the mixture for 3-4 minutes or until the mussels open. Spoon the mixture into shallow bowls and garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Yields: 2 servings