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Quick Facts

Servings: 6


  • 4 lbs mussels or small hard-shelled clams
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large leek chopped (white part only)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 4 oz mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 3 Tbs dry sherry


  • Soak mussels in salted water for 30 minutes then scrub well under cold running water with a stiff-bristled brush; cut off beards. Place in a large kettle with water and wine, cover and steam for 5-10 minutes or until shells open; discard any mussels that do not open. Reserve 1 ˝ cups of the broth. Remove mussels from shells and set aside. In a large kettle, sauté onion, leek, and garlic in butter until onion is soft, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and sauté 2 minute. Add chicken broth and thyme and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in cream and mussels and heat through. Add sherry.
Recipe courtesy of the National Fisheries Institute

Nutrition Facts

Calories 444
  Calories from Fat 171 (39%)
(30%)Total Fat 19g
(45%)Saturated Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(41%)Cholesterol 122mg
(45%)Sodium 1075mg
(34%)Potassium 1180mg
Total Carbohydrate 19g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(78%)Protein 39g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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