Mussels with Bacon & Beer

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Ready in: 20-30 mins
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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Mussels with Bacon & Beer


  • 250g rindless smoked bacon, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1kg fresh, cleaned, mussels (chuck out any that refuse to close when firmly tapped)
  • 350ml lager
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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  • Heat a large pan, add the cubed bacon and cook for 10 minutes, or until it is slightly browned and the fat is starting to run
  • Add the onion and cook for a further 10 minutes, again until it has taken on a nice colour.
  • Add the mussels, a little salt and pepper and the beer and bring to a rapid boil. Stir well, cover and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the mussels are open - throw away any that remain shut.
  • Remove the pan for the hob, divide the mussels between four deep bowls and spoon over the lovely smoky beer liquor. I serve this with crusty bread