Mussels with creamy white sauce: A delicious Valentine’s starter

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for ideas, we have the perfect starter for you. This mussels with creamy white sauce recipe is an excellent way to kick off a romantic evening.

Cooked in an appetising white wine sauce, this mussel recipe is simply mouth-watering. Add some cream and you have a rich and creamy starter that will make you want to lick your lips.

The best part is that it takes only about 30 minutes to prepare this piquant starter. This will give you enough time to prepare the other courses for a romantic dinner with your partner.

Serving suggestions for mussels with creamy white sauce

Serve the cooked mussels with crusty bread and allow it to soak up the delicious creamy sauce. Each bite is a taste experience and will serve as lead-in for the rest of the evening’s courses.

If you love seafood, this starter will set the mood for a romantic three-course meal with your partner.

Mussels with creamy white sauce recipe

5 from 1 vote

Recipe by Asande Mpila
Course: StarterCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy




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1 kg mussels in shells, debearded and scrubbed

2 small onions, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon butter

8 sprigs thyme

1 bay leaf

100 ml dry white wine

400 ml cream

4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Wash the mussels under cold, running water. Discard any open ones that won’t close when lightly squeezed.
Soften the onion and garlic in the butter over medium to low heat. Add the thyme, bay leaf and wine, and increase the heat to high. Add the mussels, cover with the lid and steam for 6 to 10 minutes until the mussels have opened.
Remove and discard the thyme sprigs, bay leaf and any unopened mussels.
Stir in the cream and chopped parsley, and season well.
Remove from the heat, spoon into four large warmed bowls and serve with lots of crusty bread.


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