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Moules à la Normande

You'll need

1 kg Sebago potatoes, peeled, cut into 1cm-thick batons and soaked in cold water For deep frying: vegetable oil 4 golden shallots, thinly sliced 4 thyme sprigs 2 fresh bay leaves 2 kg black mussels, beards removed and scrubbed 200 gm small button mushrooms, thinly sliced 355 ml cider 200 gm crème fraîche 1 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley To serve: crusty baguette   Beurre d’escargot 125 gm unsalted butter, softened 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


  • 01
  • For beurre d’escargot, combine all ingredients and season to taste. Set aside.
  • 02
  • Drain potatoes and pat dry. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or saucepan to 140C. Add half the potato, cook until tender (3-5 minutes), drain on absorbent paper, repeat with remaining potato. Set aside. Increase heat to 180C.
  • 03
  • Melt beurre d’escargot in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add shallot and herbs and cook over medium heat until shallot is soft (5-7 minutes). Add mussels, mushrooms and cider, cover, increase heat to high, shaking pot to distribute mussels evenly. Cook until mussels open (3-5 minutes), discarding any that haven’t opened, use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl and keep warm. Bring pan juices to the boil and cook until reduced by a third (5-7 minutes). Remove from heat, whisk in crème fraîche and season to taste.
  • 04
  • Deep-fry potato until golden (3-5 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper and season to taste with sea salt. Spoon mussels into dishes, ladle over cooking liquid and scatter with parsley, Serve with chips and baguette, if desired.

"The moules à la Normande at Darlinghurst's La Brasserie are just so tasty. Would David Bransgrove be willing to share his recipe?"
Adelle Peterson, via email

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  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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