A good friend and I used to live across the street from a small French bistro. It was practically an annex to our apartment. Moules marniere, steak frites, and martinis were a regular part of our diet, and living on the top floor of a 5-floor walk-up (a.k.a. a 5-story apartment building with no elevator) was part of our healthy living plan.
Moules marniere is a quintessential French dish. It is essentially composed of mussels steamed in a mixture of wine, shallots, parsley, and garlic. Plenty of crusty fresh baguette is requisite to soak up the best part of the dish – the salty, wine-y, herb-y broth.
This dish is also perfect for entertaining. Minimal time is spent in the kitchen which means more time with your guests! This dish is VERY EASY to make and Gourmet Garden makes it even easier! GG Herbs & Spices are used like fresh herbs in a one-to-one ratio, but can also be used in place of dried typically in a 2 to 1 ratio. For example, 2 tablespoons of GG Ginger equals 1 tablespoon of dried ginger.
I put an Asian twist on this French classic. There are a lot of herbs in this recipe and while I always try to keep in mind “fresh is best”; sometimes “fresh” is not the best when you use about a sixteenth of the bunch you have to buy and the rest quickly transforms into drippy black goo at the bottom of the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator. You’ve been there, right? Gourmet Garden has been able to bottle the freshness of herbs and spices. Fresh, fragrant, flavorful, AND organic.
- 2 Tablespoons Gourmet Garden Garlic
- 2 teaspoons Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lemongrass
- 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Ginger
- Cooking oil
- 4 stalks scallions, sliced finely crosswise
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 5-ounce can of coconut milk
- 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Cilantro
- 2 pounds mussels, washed and debearded
- 1 lime
- In a small bowl, mix together chili, lemongrass, garlic, and ginger pastes.
- Heat a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add green onions and cook until a vibrant green, about 1 minute. Add the paste mixture and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Quickly add wine, coconut milk, fish sauce, and cilantro. Raise the heat to medium high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Add mussels, cover the pot, and let cook until mussels start opening up, about 2-3 minutes.
- Squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice over the mussels and stir!
- Make sure to have a loaf or two of crusty baguette or bâtard to sop up the delicious broth!
This post is sponsored by Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices. All opinions are my own. You can find more information on their website. You can also follow Gourmet Garden on Twitter, “like” them on Facebook, and follow their board on Pinterest. Gourmet Garden products are a refrigerated product found in the fresh produce section near the fresh herbs.
Check out how the rest of the Sunday Supper crew has used their Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices!
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- Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb Lollipops by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Thai Style Grilled Monkfish Appetizer by Soni’s Food
- Green Goddess Dip by Juanita’s Cocina
- Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs by Alida’s Kitchen
- Herbed Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato on Crostini by Supper for a Steal
- Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Thai-style Mussels by kimchi MOM
- Crispy Prosciutto Garlic Potato Soup by Family Foodie
- Carnita Style Beef by The Foodie Army Wife
- Chicken Cakes with Cilantro Garlic Mayo by The Dinner-Mom
- Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Curry- Two Ways! by Hip Foodie Mom
- Creamy Pasta with Spinach, Chili, and Walnuts by Healthy. Delicious.
- Herb and Garlic Clam Linguini by Noshing With The Nolands
- Quick Winter Marinara by The Messy Baker
- Italian Mac & Cheese Stuffed Peppers by Foxes Love Lemons
- Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Steamed Broccoli by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Lemongrass Coconut Quick Bread by Magnolia Days
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