Steamed mussels with leeks, thyme & bacon

Steamed mussels with leeks, thyme & bacon

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

A bistro-style starter for two. Mop up the juices with crusty bread, or make it into a main with chunky chips

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
377
protein
24g
carbs
9g
fat
26g
saturates
12g
fibre
0g
sugar
5g
salt
2.76g

Ingredients

  • 750g mussels
  • 25g butter
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 small leeks, sliced on the diagonal
  • handful thyme sprigs
  • small glass cider or white wine

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Method

Scrub and de-beard the mussels. Heat half the butter in a pan, then sizzle the bacon for 3-4 mins until starting to brown. Add the leeks and thyme, then sweat everything together for 4-5 mins until soft. Turn the heat up high, add the mussels and cider or wine, then cover and cook for 4-5 mins, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels have opened. Discard any that don’t open. Scoop the mussels and the other bits into a dish, then place the pan back on the heat. Boil the juices for 1 min with the rest of the butter, then pour over the mussels and serve with crusty bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2008

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ladynellington's picture
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These are so so delicious!

I use Stella Artoire Cidre for this for a bit of sweetness and a fruity kick.

Very good with French fries!!

stuart_38's picture

I've been doing basic mussels and white wine for years and this was my first attempt at something with actual flavour (in parallel with the Thai style mussels). The result was spectacular. Very very delicious and I was scooping up the juices at the bottom of the plate. Will be making again.

esthersnook's picture
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Delicious, very easy to make. Also used chorizo instead of bacon, lovely!

rikkeharders's picture
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fantastic!

svdebruin's picture

Great! This is so easy, so tasty and so definately on the 'must make again' list! I used cider and lemon thyme, the lemon thyme gave a lovely flavour. Next time I think I'm going to try it with wine & then chorizo instead of bacon.

jayne3508's picture
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Very flavoursome and looks great. The bacon and leeks really compliment the mussels. I used wine not cider. So quick and easy to prepare and serve.

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