Mussels Stewed with Apple & Fennel

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 40m

2 servings

Apples and fennel pair beautifully in this dish.


  • 2 teaspoons walnut oil or canola oil
  • 1 tart green apple, such as Granny Smith, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small bupound fennel, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded (see Note)
  • Tip: To debeard a mussel: Hold the mussel in one hand. Firmly pull out the black fibrous "beard" from the shell.


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add the apple, fennel and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

Stir in the thyme, sage and nutmeg. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Pour in the broth and vermouth (or wine), stirring to scrape up any browned bits. Bring to a simmer.

Add the mussels and stir to combine. Return to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the mussels open, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir; discard any unopened mussels before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9033

nutrition information per serving

310 calories; 9g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 48mg cholesterol; 494mg sodium; 29g carbohydrates; 6g fiber; 23g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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