Mussels in Saffron and White Wine Broth


  • 2 tsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  • 2 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 lbs mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chives, chopped


  • Melt the butter in a large pot, then add the garlic. Sauté until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine, half and half, and saffron; simmer for 5 minutes. Add the clam juice, scallions, tomato, and lemon juice, scallions, tomato, and lemon juice; simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mussels, cover, and stream until they are open, about 5-7 minutes. Shake the pot, holding down the lid with a kitchen towel, to redistribute the mussels. Discard any mussels that do not open. Divide the mussels into eight bowls; distribute the broth equally among the bowls, and top each with fresh chives.


Serves 8

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