Mussel Recipes

The Spring Bay beer lovers mussel pot

The Spring Bay beer lovers mussel pot

Serves: 2 as a main or 3-4 as a starter

Ingredients

  • 1kg packet Spring Bay Mussels
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (30g) finely diced eschallots or ½ a red onion, very finely diced
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1 rasher (70g) rindless bacon, finely sliced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 150ml cream
  • 100ml beer
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped continental parsley

Method

  1. Heat a large heavy based pot with a tight fitting lid over a low heat.
  2. Add the butter, when it's melted add the eschallots, garlic, bacon and some freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the eschallots are clear and soft.
  3. Increase the heat to high, add the cream and beer and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by 1/3 in volume.
  4. Open the packet of mussels and pour into a colander, give them a light rinse.
  5. Pour the mussels into the boiling beer mixture, give them a stir. Quickly put on the lid and cook for 3 minutes or until the mussels have opened. Sprinkle over the parsley and serve with the cooking liquid.
  6. Serve with crusty bread and salad.

Note

  • The mussels will open as they cook, if there are any unopened mussels, remove the open mussels from the pot with a slotted spoon and place in a serving bowl. Replace the lid and cook the rest for 1 minute longer.
  • Unopened mussels can be prized opened with a paring knife and eaten.