Mussel Recipes // Appetizers & Snacks // Normandy Mussels
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Cooking Time:
20 min
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Normandy Mussels


1/4 cup (1/2 lb /110g) bacon, finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
2 shallots, finely sliced
1/2 cup (1/2 lb/250g about 20) button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes
1/2 cup (125ml) Calvados
1 1/2 cups (360ml) cream – coffee or whipping cream
sea salt and pepper
2 lbs (1kg) mussels


  1. Rinse the mussels under running fresh water. Throw away any that do not close.
  2. Place a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the bacon and stir, often, until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon and drain on paper towel.
  3. To the bacon fat add butter. When foamy, add shallots and sauté until soft.
  4. Add mushrooms and apples and sauté 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the Calvados and stir well, scrapping any tasty brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add cream, sea salt and pepper, stir well, then add mussels. Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that do not open. Stir well, taste for seasoning, and serve.