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French Bistro Style Moules Frites

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This Classic Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries) uses the twice fry technique for crisp delicious Pommes Frites. Fennel, thyme and wine add aromatics and flavor to the mussels. You'll want to drink the sauce!
Ingredients
  Olive oil 1 Teaspoon
  Russet potato 6 Large
  Vegetable oil 1 Quart
  Duck fat 2 Tablespoon (Optional)
  Kosher salt 1 Teaspoon (as per taste)
  Black pepper 1 Teaspoon (as per taste)
  Unsalted butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Italian parsley 5 Tablespoon, chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Mussel 2 Pound (live, in shell)
  Cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  White wine 1⁄2 Bottle (0.5 l)
  Onion 1⁄2 Medium, chopped
  Fennel bulb 1 Medium, roughly chopped
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Pepper 1 Pinch
  Thyme leaf 2 Medium
  Italian seasoning 1 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Scrub potatoes to remove dirt.
2. Cut them into evenly sized “sticks”.
3. Allow cut potatoes to sit in cold salted water for 1-2 hours.

MAKING
4. In a heavy bottomed pan (Dutch oven or iron skillet) heat oil to 275- 300 degrees.
5. Fry for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
6. When golden brown, remove fries with a slotted or metal mesh spoon and place on a cooling rack generously lined with paper towels.
7. Continue with all potato slices.
8. Hold live mussels in cold, salted water until ready to prepare.
9. Remove beards and discard any open mussels.
10. Prepare sauce by coating large saucepan with olive oil and sauté the onion and fennel over medium heat until softened (not brown).
11. Add butter, garlic and spices.
12. Add cream and stir as you bring mixture to a simmer.
13. Add mussels to pan and cover with white wine; stir and coat mussels with sauce.
14. Cover with lid and let mussels steam.
15. Bring oil back up to frying temperature (275-300 degrees) while mussels are steaming.
16. Add fries back to hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes (1/2 batch at a time).
17. Remove from pan and drain on clean, dry paper towels.
18. Brush lightly with melted butter, parsley, garlic mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper to taste

SERVING
19. Serve mussel with fries garnished with rosemary and thyme.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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