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Mussels With Cider, Green Onions And Bacon
Mussels With Cider, Green Onions And Bacon
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Make mussels scrumptious with a little scrumpy in this cider recipe from River Cottage Every Day.

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Prep time
  • 10 minutes
Cook Time
  • 10-15 minutes
  • 2 as a main course, or 4 as a starter
  • * 1kg mussels
  • * A small knob of butter
  • * 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • * 100g streaky bacon, chopped
  • * 1 bunch green onions, trimmed and sliced
  • * 1 sprig thyme
  • * 1 bay leaf
  • * 250ml medium-sweet cider
  • * 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • * 2-3 tbsp double cream
  • * Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • * Lots of chopped fresh parsley, to serve
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1. Scrub mussels and remove the wiry little 'beards' that are attached to the shells. Discard any open mussels that don’t close when given a sharp tap.

2. Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the butter and oil. When the butter is foaming, add the bacon and cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the green onions, thyme and bay leaf and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the green onions soften a little bit.

3. Turn the heat up high, pour in the cider and bring to the boil. Stir in the mustard, then tip in the mussels and place a lid on the pan. Steam the mussels for 2-3 minutes, giving the pan a good shake once or twice. When the mussels have nearly all opened stir in the cream.

4. Season with salt and pepper and serve in deep bowls, scattered with parsley and accompanied by plenty of bread.


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This also works well using pear instead of apple cider, dijon mustard with dill and a little bit of chiili salt. Serve with warm, freshly made and buttered slices of wholemeal bread.

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Errr.... OK, why no mussels? Cider? Leeks anyone? Ah ha - I get it. A surreal recipe.

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