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Your version of moules marinieres...Cream, oui or non?

letsindulge Jan 7, 2012 01:02 PM

Mine...butter, shallots, garlic, white wine, and parsley. Any interesting variations?

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  1. mamachef Jan 7, 2012 01:07 PM

    Non! Quelle horror!!. The only change I'd consider is frizzling some jambon or pancetta with the leeks... But I'm a purist anyhoo - I'd make a creamy mussel stew and call it that, if I was adding cream. Love mussels.

    1. hotoynoodle Jan 7, 2012 01:24 PM

      i prefer leeks to shallots and like a glug of pernod in there. lemon zest too. cream? uh, no.

      1. perk Jan 7, 2012 01:44 PM

        No cream. But sometimes coconut milk.....

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          letsindulge Jan 7, 2012 02:08 PM

          Yes, I also do a Thai-esque version with red curry paste, and coconut milk finished with minced cilantro, and fresh lime.

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            splatgirl Jan 7, 2012 06:17 PM

            +1 for coconut milk and the above, + lemongrass.
            As you've listed the ingredients, no cream please. The main thing for me is that there is a healthy bit of unctousness to the sauce. It makes me sad when it's too thin.
            A bit of tomato works well with what you've got, too.

        2. letsindulge Jan 7, 2012 02:04 PM

          I did a quick search online and there are variations with a few tablespoons of cream, and saffron as well.

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            lunchslut Jan 7, 2012 06:48 PM

            un petit peu - a few tablespoons of cream plus above ingredients

            Interesting variation:
            above ingredients plus chorizo, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, chopped seedless and peeled tomatoes


          2. sunshine842 Jan 7, 2012 04:23 PM

            No créme in my moules, either.

            Leeks for me, too.

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              thimes Jan 7, 2012 05:51 PM

              pas avec creme - at least not with the ingredients you listed.

              love tarragon with moules though

              1. Jay F Jan 7, 2012 06:59 PM

                Non. I made moules avec creme not long ago, though. I just decided not to call them marinieres.

                I almost always use shallots, but hearing so much about leeks tonight, I want to try them in my next batch. Which might just happen tomorrow.

                1. letsindulge Jan 7, 2012 10:26 PM


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                    Harters Jan 8, 2012 03:23 AM

                    "Cream, oui or non?"

                    Non. C'est moules a la creme, pas moules mariniere.

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