Moules marinières is also commonly known as Sailor's mussels, Mariner's mussels or even plain mussels in white wine sauce. The dish basically consists of delicately steamed fresh mussels in a white wine, garlic, parsley
, butter, onion and cream sauce.
Moules marinières can be served as an appetising starter or even a light main meal. It is delicious served with fresh crusty bread, although the French traditionally serve it with French fries, which they dip into the delectable sauce and juices.
There is nothing more mouth-watering than a huge bowl of artistically presented mussels, yet the fun part is eating them. The best way is to use an empty mussel shell as a tool to pick the remaining mussels from their shells and then eat them. It's a brilliant excuse to use your fingers to eat rather than the usual knife and fork.
A traditional French recipe will use butter, however the butter may be substituted for a few tablespoons of olive oil for a healthier option.