Moules Frites (Steamed Mussels and Fries) . . .

This classic recipe calls for steaming the mussels in white wine, which lends acidity and creates a flavorful sauce.



1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 egg yolk

1 cup canola oil, plus more for frying

2 tsp. white wine vinegar

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼"-thick sticks

2½ lb. mussels, debearded and scrubbed

cup dry white wine

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed

3 ribs celery, finely chopped

1½ leeks, light green and white parts, cut into ¼"-thick slices

½ large yellow onion, finely chopped


1. Make the mayonnaise: In a large bowl, whisk mustard and egg yolk. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil in a thin stream until it begins to emulsify; whisk in vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

2. Make the fries: Pour oil into a 6-qt. Dutch oven to a depth of 2", and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; chill.

3. Increase oil temperature to 385°. Working in batches, add chilled potatoes and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, return fries to rack; season with salt.

4. Meanwhile, make the mussels: Heat a 12" high-sided skillet over high heat. Add mussels, wine, butter, celery, leeks, and onions; season with salt and pepper, and cover skillet. Cook, occasionally shaking skillet, until all mussels are opened, about 5 minutes. Divide mussels between 2 large bowls. Serve with fries and mayonnaise.