Mussels steamed in cider and bacon
Not strictly a Troll-related post but enough people asked for the recipe to make posting it worthwhile. He did get to try a couple of mussels (once I'd licked off the cider sauce, obviously) and absolutely loved them. Mussels are not something you'd imagine a baby would take to, what with the strange texture and all, but I'm continually pleased and grateful that he seems to enjoy pretty much everything we shove in his pie-hole with equal and great enthusiasm.
This recipe is enough for two people (+a couple of taste samples for a food-curious baby)
- About 500g of mussels per person, scrubbed and bearded
- 6 rashers of bacon, cut into chunky slices
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- small knob of butter
- small bunch of thyme with the leaves stripped (about a tablespoon)
- 200mls of cider (preferably a dry variety)
- 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche
- In a pot large enough to hold all the mussels, heat the butter and fry the bacon bits until crispy
- Add the onions and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes (until they start to soften but not take on any colour)
- Stir in the thyme, turn up the heat to high, throw in the mussels and give it a good stir and shake.
- Pour over the cider, put the lid on and steam the mussels for about 5 minutes. Most of the should have opened up by then. If they haven't, give it another minute or so.
- Scoop out all the mussels using a slotted spoon and plonk straight on the plate. Toss any of them that aren't open.
- Turn the heat up a little higher and bring the juices that are left in the pan begin to the boil. Stir in the crème fraîche, pour the sauce over the mussels and serve immediately.