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Mussels with Pancetta and Crème Fraîche

Mussels with Pancetta and Crème Fraîche is a delicious seafood dish that combines the briny flavors of fresh mussels with the rich and savory elements of pancetta and creamy crème fraîche. This recipe creates a flavorful and satisfying meal that is perfect for seafood lovers.


  • 2 pounds fresh mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crusty bread, for serving


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the diced pancetta over medium heat until it becomes crispy and renders its fat. Remove the pancetta from the pot and set it aside, leaving the fat in the pot.
  2. Add the chopped onion to the pot and sauté until it becomes translucent and slightly golden. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Pour the white wine into the pot and bring it to a simmer. Let it cook for a minute or two to reduce slightly.
  4. Add the cleaned mussels to the pot and cover it with a lid. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that remain closed.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked mussels to a large serving bowl, leaving the liquid in the pot.
  6. Return the crispy pancetta to the pot with the liquid. Stir in the crème fraîche and chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.
  7. Pour the sauce over the cooked mussels in the serving bowl, tossing gently to coat the mussels with the sauce.
  8. Serve the Mussels with Pancetta and Crème Fraîche hot, accompanied by crusty bread for dipping in the flavorful sauce.

Enjoy the delectable combination of tender mussels, savory pancetta, and creamy crème fraîche in this delightful seafood dish. It’s a perfect choice for a special dinner or a gathering with friends and family.

Wine Pairing

For Mussels with Pancetta and Crème Fraîche, a flavorful seafood dish with the richness of pancetta and crème fraîche, you’ll want to choose a wine that complements the briny flavors of the mussels while also balancing the richness of the sauce. Here are a few wine suggestions that would pair nicely:

  1. Chardonnay: A medium-bodied Chardonnay with a creamy texture and notes of tropical fruits and a touch of oak can complement the richness of the crème fraîche while providing a refreshing balance to the brininess of the mussels.
  2. Sauvignon Blanc: A crisp and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with its citrusy and herbal flavors can be an excellent choice for this dish. The acidity in the wine cuts through the richness of the sauce and enhances the flavors of the seafood.
  3. Vermentino: A light and aromatic white wine like Vermentino can be a delightful pairing. Its crisp acidity, floral notes, and hints of citrus and stone fruits can harmonize with the flavors of the mussels and bring out the freshness of the dish.
  4. Rosé: A dry rosé wine with bright acidity and flavors of red berries and a touch of minerality can be a versatile and refreshing choice. It adds a touch of fruitiness and a vibrant character that complements the mussels and balances the richness of the sauce.
  5. Crisp Sparkling Wine: A dry sparkling wine, such as a Brut or Extra Brut, can bring a touch of elegance and effervescence to the pairing. The bubbles and refreshing acidity can cut through the creaminess of the crème fraîche and enhance the flavors of the mussels.