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Mussels with beer and bacon

Make sure you have some crusty bread on hand – you'll want to mop up every drop of that sauce.
Mussels with beer and bacon

Mussels with beer and bacon

Ben Dearnley

The flavour of this dish depends on the beer – choose a pale ale or lager that doesn’t overpower the mussels and serve with grilled bread and a cos salad.




1.Heat a barbecue or char-grill pan to high heat. Place a rondeau or wide shallow saucepan on the barbecue and heat until hot. Add oil, onion, bacon, thyme and garlic, and stir until onion is tender and bacon browns (3-5 minutes). Add beer and bring to a simmer, then add mussels, close the barbecue lid or place a lid on pan and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until mussels open (4-8 minutes). Stir in butter and parsley and serve.

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