This mussels with wine sauce on creamy polenta recipe is so good that your taste buds are going to do the cha-cha in celebration!!
We go to a fabulous restaurant on Main Street in our small town. It is well known in our area and regularly awarded for its seafood, which is surprising because, even though we’re near the coast, we’re basically landlocked. When Christopher and I want to celebrate, we go to this restaurant for its delicious food and cocktails.
We love to sit at the bar. That’s where they shuck oysters and cook lovely appetizers like mussels and steamers. I’ve watched them like a hawk as they prepare sea food. They have an amazing cooking station behind the bar. There is a line of cooking pans with levers that tip their finished products into dishes and bowls. There are water faucets above the cooking pans to wash them after each batch.
I created this recipe in honor of that restaurant.
I’ve never made steamed mussels or clams! How do I do it?
Cooking clams, mussels, crabs and even lobster is pretty much a matter of steaming them out of their shells, so that part is easy.
Do I have to buy mussels in their shells?
No. Although you can make this delightful recipe with fresh mussels in the shell, I love the convenience of using shucked mussels, which also changes the cooking method and shortens the time.
What gives mussels and steamed clams their flavor?
The liquid they’re steamed in contribute a great deal of flavor to mussels and clams. The restaurant I mention above uses chicken broth, butter, herbs and wine. The broth, which they serve for dipping, is so good you could drink it. But Christopher and I try to be circumspect and just soak it up with their fabulous dinner rolls.
Clarified butter also makes shellfish pretty delicious.
How to make mussels with wine sauce
TIP: Prepare the rest of the meal as you’re cooking the polenta, so that everything is finished at roughly the same time.
Gather the polenta and chicken broth. (1)
Pour broth into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the polenta and cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add goat cheese and let it melt for another 5 minutes.
Gather the mussels whether you are using packaged (which I love) or fresh. Also get out the spinach and mushrooms. (2)
Heat a wok or sauté pan on medium and add some chicken broth, the sliced mushrooms, garlic paste and salt. Sauté for 5 minutes and add spinach and stir until the spinach is wilted. (4)
Dollop some polenta on plates. (4)
While the polenta is cooking: Since the mussels are pre-cooked, I heat them up in a sauté pan. Heat the pan on medium, add butter, broth, wine and mussels and sauté for 5 minutes. If you are using mussels in shells, they will be done once the shells open. (5)
Spoon the vegetables and the mussels on the polenta.
Mussels with wine sauce on creamy polenta from above!
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- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup polenta
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons chicken broth
- 10 ounces sliced portobello mushrooms
- 2 large portobello mushrooms sliced thinly
- 10 ounces baby spinach one package
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/8 cup dry white wine
- 5 ounces mussels pre-packaged without shells
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- In a medium saucepan, set chicken broth to boil, add polenta and 1/2 teaspoon salt and let cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes
- Add goat cheese and continue to cook and stir for 5 minutes until cheese is melted
Meanwhile, put sauté pan on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons chicken broth, mushrooms, garlic paste and salt and sauté for 5 minutes
- Add spinach and stir until wilted
Meanwhile put another sauté pan on medium heat, add butter, chicken broth, wine and mussels and sauté for 5 - 7 minutes. If you are using fresh mussels in the shell, once the shells open, it's done
- Spoon polenta into two shallow bowls or plates
- Spoon some mushrooms and spinach mixture on the polenta
- Top it off with mussels and broth
I cook the polenta, mushrooms and spinach and mussels at the same time to cut down on the time it takes to cook! You will have lots of mushrooms and spinach leftover so, it's a great side dish!
You can also use fresh mussels. You can cook them and place them with their shells on the polenta. I just prefer shucked.