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Mussels with Saffron Cream Sauce

mussels with saffron

Mussels with Saffron Cream Sauce

Throughout the centuries saffron has been a symbol of wealth and elegance. Cleopatra used saffron water to keep her skin soft and because she felt it improved her lovemaking skills. Roman Emperor Nero sprinkled the streets with saffron water to honor his return to Rome. Persians considered it a tonic for the heart as it was thought to alleviate melancholy. A spice consisting of the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, it was introduced into Spain by the Arabs and later cultivated in Mediterranean regions and elsewhere in Europe.

1 large yellow onion, halved lengthwise
1 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
¾ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 pounds cultivated mussels, rinsed well and debearded
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Thinly slice the onion.

Add oil to a skillet set over medium heat. When hot add onion and until translucent. Add the  saffron and ½ teaspoon salt and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add wine and bring to a boil, then stir in cream, pepper, remaining salt, and mussels. Cook, covered, checking after 8 minutes and discarding any mussels that remain unopened. Transfer opened mussels to soup bowls with a slotted spoon.

Stir parsley into broth, pour over mussels and serve with warm baguette. (Garnish with lemon wedges if you’d like.)

Serves 6

Trade Route Talks: Sublime Saffron

Trade Route Talks: Sublime Saffron

Tuesday 9/17 at 7:00pm 

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories

The history of saffron cultivation and usage dates back over 3,000 years and spans cultures and continents. Take a trip around the world through the eyes of this exclusive spice.

“Trade Route Talks” are series of monthly discussions about agriculture, trade, and how our taste for foods have changed the landscape of our world. Students are greeted with a topical appetizer and, after the conversation, participate in the hands-on cooking of a dish which uses the theme of the day as the main attraction. ($55)

Classes meet at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
395 Santa Monica Place #329
Santa Monica, CA 90041

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