|2||Shallots, Chopped Coarsely|
|2 smalls||Onions, Quartered|
|Black Pepper, Ground|
|1 cup||Dry White Wine|
|2 cups||Heavy Cream|
|1||Egg Yolk, Lightly Beaten|
|2 tablespoons||Sauce Hollandaise|
Thoroughly scrub the mussels to remove all exterior sand and dirt.
Place them in a large kettle along with the shallots, onions, parsley, salt, black pepper, cayenne, wine, butter, bay leaf and thyme. Cover. Bring to a boil. Simmer until the mussels have opened (5-10 minutes). Discard any mussels that do not open. Strain through a double thickness of cheesecloth into a saucepan. Remove the mussels from their shells. Discard the shells. Set the mussel meat aside.
Bring the liquid in the saucepan to a boil. Add the cream. Return to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat. Add the beaten egg yolk.
Return to the heat only long enough for the soup to thicken slightly ~ DO NOT BOIL! Stir in the Hollandaise sauce and add the mussel meat just before serving. Serve hot or cold.
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