Mussels in Red Wine with Herbs and Roasted Shallots

  • Yield: 4 servings


10 shallots, peeled and left whole
1tablespoon canola oil
4pounds mussels, scrubbed, debearded, and patted dry (discard any that won't close)
1cup red wine
1/4cup butter
2sprigs fresh rosemary
3tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 baguette, cut into thick slices and toasted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the shallots with the oil, then wrap them in a double layer of aluminum foil. Bake until they are soft and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and unwrap.
  2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Add the mussels to the dry pan and allow to cook until they just begin to open, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and shallots and season the liquid to taste with salt. (Don’t season the shells, as that will skew your ability to taste how much salt is in the broth.) Cover the pot and cook until all of the shells have opened, about 4 minutes. (Discard any mussels that haven’t opened by this time.)
  3. Add the butter and rosemary and continue to boil until the butter is fully incorporated. Add the parsley and toss to evenly distribute.
  4. Divide the mussels and steaming liquid among 4 serving bowls and serve with the toasted bread.

–Recipe used with permission from For Cod and Country by Barton Seaver, published by Sterling Publishing