When our tour guide announced that a Moules-frites lunch in Brussels was the highlight of our day trip to Belgium, I wasn't exactly thrilled. I have a mussel phobia and blame the aversion on a rogue mussel in my ramen many years ago. Mentioning this gives me stomach cramps.
|Steamed mussels with a side of fries|
When we were seated in the restaurant, I told the hubs no way was I going to eat those bottom-feeders. That was...... until steaming pots of mussels appeared on our tables and the mouthwatering aroma of butter, celery and leeks wafted through the room. Everyone was oohing and ahhing! My tour buddies heartily dug into the meal.
Moules-frites are a match made in food heaven! And it's no wonder Belgians are the world's biggest mussel eaters!
While observing the locals eating their mussels, I realized we were doing it wrong!
Here's the Belgian way.
Step 1 - Sucking out the flesh from the first pair of shells.
Step 2 - Use the empty shells as tongs to pick out the flesh from the others.
|No utensil required!|
I think mussels are back in my life once again!