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Serves : 4 first-course servings

Wheaty-flavored Gueuze makes a subtly sweet poaching liquid to complement the briny mussels. Or use a slightly tangy Blanche de Bruges or any pale ale. Serve with a crusty bread. Plus: More Seafood Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

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Melt the butter in a nonreactive saucepan. Add the celery, shallots, garlic and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the vegetables soften. Add the beer and parsley and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the mussels, cover and steam, shaking the pan, until they open, about 5 minutes. Scoop the mussels into bowls, discarding any that don't open. Season the broth with salt and pepper and pour over the mussels.

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