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The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing, with hungry guests queuing up for great tastes like the popular new Mussels in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce at the Belgium kiosk. Take a look as Chef Al Youngman shows you how to make this easy, delicious dish. The recipe is below. Pair it with a crisp Chenin Blanc and be sure you have plenty of toasted sourdough for sopping up the sauce.

What’s been your favorite dish so far at the festival? Bon appetit!

Mussels in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce

Serves 4

Roasted Garlic Puree
2 large heads garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil

Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Puree
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
4 thick slices sourdough bread, toasted
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

For the roasted garlic puree:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Remove excess papery skin from garlic, keeping head intact. Cut top 1/4 off of garlic head, exposing the cloves.
  2. Place each head of garlic cut side up on an individual square of aluminum foil. Drizzle each with oil. Wrap in foil, sealing edges.
  3. Place pouch in oven, and roast for 45 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
  4. Squeeze garlic from skins into a small bowl. Discard skins. Mash garlic with a fork until smooth.

For the roasted garlic cream sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice, stirring to combine. Cook until reduced by half, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add cream, Roasted Garlic Puree, salt, and pepper, whisking to combine. Simmer (do not boil) until sauce is slightly thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

For the mussels:

  1. Place mussels, wine, and water in a large stockpot over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook until mussels open, about 4 minutes. Remove and discard any mussels that do not open. Strain cooking liquid from mussels and discard liquid.
  3. Place mussels in a large serving bowl, or in individual shallow bowls. Pour Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce over mussels, and garnish with parsley, dill, and chives. Serve immediately.


  • Sounds delicious! Hoping to make it to the Food & Wine Festival one year but in the meantime, I’ll try to capture some of the magic from recipes likes these.

    I’m not a fan of Mussels . . . think I’ll give clams a try.

    Thank you again and please keep recipe blog entries coming!

  • I agree with Jamie! I would love to see more blog entries like this with Chef Al!

  • 10 more days till we get there but who’s counting!

  • This was awesome. Would like to see more blogs like this because I love to cook and I love disney

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