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Steamed Mussels In Fennel Pernod Broth

  • Yield: 4 first-course servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped fennel, bulb only
  • 1 onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup pernod
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped Italian plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups Shrimp Stock
  • 40 mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions


  • Heat the oil in a large nonreactive skillet over high heat. Add the fennel, onions, salt, and pepper and sautÈ for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and Pernod and stand back in case it flames.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and shrimp stock and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels and green onions, cover, and steam over high heat until all of the mussel shells have opened, for about 4 minutes.
  • Remove the mussels with tongs and let the broth cook for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Makes 3 cups broth.
  • To serve, arrange 10 mussels in each of 4 shallow bowls, and spoon 3/4 cup of the broth over them.