10 November 2016

In The Kitchen: Mussels in Cider Cream Sauce

Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog

I love mussels - they are so light and full of flavour! If there are mussels on the menu in a restaurant, it is likely they will be ordered. But do you know how easy and quick it is to cook mussels at home? And did I mention - very inexpensive? I show you one of my favourite mussels recipes where they are cooked in a cider and cream sauce - yum!

Some people are scared of cooking seafood - but mussels are easy to suss. When you buy live mussels, you have to de-beard them (you know the little brown strings coming out of them? Basically pull those out) and discard any mussels that are open - this mens they're not the best to eat. Just remember - closed live mussels are good; opened live mussels are bad!

Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog

What you will need (serves 2 as a starter):
- a bag of live mussels (available from Waitrose, Tesco and most big supermarkets)
- 1 small red onion (chopped)
- 2 lemons
- 500ml of good dry apple cider
- 200ml vegetable stock
- 150ml single cream
- handful fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- sourdough bread to mop up the delicious sauce!

Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog
Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog

 In a large pot cook the chopped onion until soft - then pour in the stock and cider. Bring the mixture to boil, and squeeze out the juice of 1 lemon, and I also throw in the lemon halves to add more flavour whilst the stock boils.
Boil the mixture for 5-7 minutes to get all the flavours of the lemon, and boil out the alcohol. I know at this stage the liquid looks like something you end up with after washing dirty dishes - but trust me, it tastes delicious and once the mussels and cream is added it will look deliciously velvety!

Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog
Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog

Lower the heat and bring the mixture to simmer - then add in mussels and cover the pot with a lid. You will need to cook the mussels for about 4 minutes - once they are cooked, they will start opening up.

Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog

Once most of the mussels are opened, add in the cream and stir the sauce. Leave for another 2 minutes to let the cream smoothen your cider sauce and wrap itself around the mussels.

Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog
Mussels in cider cream sauce recipe, food bloggers, UK food blog, Hampshire lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose blog

Mix in fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and plate up immediately - these hot mussels are delicious to snack on after a cold seaside walk or as a scrumptious lunch when you want something different. The cream cider sauce is velvety and zingy which compliments earthy and smooth mussels - and nothing beats mopping up the sauce with freshly baked sourdough bread!
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