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Mussels Stewed With Apple & Fennel

WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

Total Time: 40 mins

Mussels Stewed With Apple & Fennel

Apples and fennel pair beautifully in this dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons walnut oil, or canola oil
  • 1 tart green apple, such as Granny Smith, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small bulb fennel, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth, or dry white wine
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded (see Note)

Instructions

Step 1
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Step 2
Add apple, fennel and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
Step 3
Stir in thyme, sage and nutmeg. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Step 4
Pour in broth and vermouth (or wine), stirring to scrape up any browned bits. Bring to a simmer.
Step 5
Add mussels and stir to combine. Return to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until the mussels open, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir; discard any unopened mussels before serving.

Tips

Note: To debeard a mussel: Hold the mussel in one hand. Firmly pull out the black fibrous "beard" from the shell.

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