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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Mussels In Brussels

Moules-frites or mussels and fries is a serious classic Belgian dish you can find in just about any café or brasserie in Brussels. Those steaming black pots of brimming mussels, served with a side of fries are Belgium's national pride.

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
Lunch At La Rosa Roja



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.

I relented...
Slurping the plump, juicy, flesh out of their shells and broth was a mussel experience like no other! The mussels and fries complemented each other perfectly and if you ask me, steamed mussels and fries go together as naturally as burgers and fries in the US and as fish and chips in the UK.

Moules-frites are a match made in food heaven! And it's no wonder Belgians are the world's biggest mussel eaters!

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Moules-frites are a menu staple for all seasons but we were told the mussels are the freshest during the months that end with ‘er’ — from September until December.



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!

Musings Of A Tired Mummy

37 comments:

Cristina - Memories of the Pacific said...

I will always remember the time I tried mussels with fries in Belgium. I found it such a funny combination but then I saw that it really worked!

Sandee said...

Oh yummy. I had a dozen of them. Thank you very much.

What a lovely memory.

Have a great day. ♥

Lin said...

Oh my! They look wonderful!!

Chris Blackwood said...

I love mussels and those look incredible.

betty said...

I never had mussels. I'm not sure I could be sophisticated enough to eat them, LOL. They do look good and I am glad you decided to give them a try!

betty

Shiju Sugunan said...

Looks good, I can imagine how wonderful it tasted. Nice pics!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They really are delicious! I’m glad you found that out .

Mellie said...

I don't think I could do it!! My stomach turns at the sight of them, lol!

Meditations in Motion said...

I can't think of anything better than mussels in Brussels! I love moules frites! There is a Belgian restaurant in Philadelphia that we sometimes visit to get out mussel fix, but the best one we have discovered in the states is in Richmond, Virginia! Yummy!!!

This Scribbler Mum said...

I love mussels although when eating shellfish you do have to make sure that you're getting it fresh and cooked properly. #globalblogging

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Hmm. I'm still not sure I could bring myself to try them--even after reading this post that makes them sound so delicious-- but I could go for the fries. I love fries.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You make it sound out of this world but I've never been a mussels fan.

stevebethere said...

LQQKS delicious I do like mussels

Have a shelltastic week :-)

magiceye said...

They look scrumptious and your description has me salivating!

Shammickite said...

I must admit I have never tasted mussels, they always look a bit like aliens from another world, which of course they are! Maybe if I ever visit Brussels I will be brave enough.....

fredamans said...

I love mussels, and that dish looks so yummy!

NCSue said...

Looks like you had a wonderful experience here!
Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-visitor.html

Tom said...

...I've had Little Neck Clams, but never mussels. The video was very interesting, thanks for sharing.

NanaHood said...

I don't do mussels or oysters....the texture gets me. I am glad you liked them, though!

Hena Tayeb said...

We're not big seafood lovers.. I like shrimp.. but I've never tasted clams or mussels.. don't like sushi either.

Lalka Crochetka said...

it looks delicious and for sure it was perfectly done :) nice to see you had lovely day in Brussels :)

Karren Haller said...

Oh my soon would love to sit down to that bowl of mussels! I have never eaten mussels from the shell. THanks for sharing!

Rebecca Hastings said...

Those look delicious! Love mussels! Never tried them with frites!

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Aritha said...

O mossels! Lekker. (delicious with salt)

Holly said...

These look so good!

Christina Morley said...

Love the title! And, more great photos with interesting text! I always learn something. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More.

betty-NZ said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. Great captures of the experience.

Thanks for your link on 'My Corner of the World'! It's lovely to see you this week!


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XmasDolly said...

Thank you for sharing your visit here with us and thank you for hosting such a wonderful Post. I personally don't think I'll ever get to your neck of the woods, but because of you, I feel like I've been there and so many other nice places too! Thank you so much, my sister, from another mother. ~hehehe~ WoW I feel special! Big hugs and have a great evening! Love you Post! Hugs!

Cap Creations said...

I've never had them and at first thought I'd say I wouldn't be a fan. Maybe if they're done right though lol! Glad you had a good experience!

Thisiswhereitisat said...

I do love mussels especially with some garlic bread X #bloggerclubuk

Antionette Blake said...

I love clams, but have never eaten mussels. #trafficjamweekend

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy said...

Thanks for linking up at the #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 6 Pinned

Heather Keet said...

We use the first shell to pull mussels as we eat also! #GlobalBlogging

Alex said...

I can't say i've ever really tried Mussels. Your pictures do make them look delicious though. #BloggerClubUK

An Apel a Day said...

I love muscles so much! I should try making them again.

yonosoymillenium said...

yummy, me encantan los mejillones, que ricos