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Steamed leeks, burnt butter and almonds, mussels

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for steamed leeks, burnt butter and almonds, mussels by Moon Under Water in Melbourne.

By Andrew McConnell & Josh Murphy
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Steamed leeks, burnt butter and almonds, mussels
“Leeks and mussels work beautifully together; this classic combination is elevated and refined with the addition of the almonds and burnt butter,” says McConnell. At Moon Under Water, the dish is served with miner’s lettuce and red elk coated in grated almonds.


  • 9 leeks, trimmed, white parts only
  • 12 black mussels, scrubbed, beards removed
  • 2 tbsp dry apera or Sherry
  • 100 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp blanched almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  • 1
    Wash leeks thoroughly under cold running water, then steam in a steamer placed over a saucepan of boiling water until just tender (8 minutes). Refresh, drain and dry well on absorbent paper, then slice into 1cm-thick rounds and set aside.
  • 2
    Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat, add mussels and apera, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook until mussels begin to open (2 minutes; remove mussels from pan as they open). Remove mussels from shells, transfer to a small container, strain cooking liquid over and refrigerate until required.
  • 3
    Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until foaming, add almonds and stir continuously until golden (1-2 minutes). Strain through a metal sieve into a heatproof bowl, return butter to pan, add lemon juice and season to taste.
  • 4
    Divide leeks among serving plates, season to taste with sea salt. Place 2 mussels on each plate along with a little cooking liquid, scatter with toasted almonds (optional), drizzle with butter sauce and serve.


This recipe is from the September 2012 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: 2011 Beenak Farm Britannia Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Yarra Valley, Vic. Drink suggestion by Campbell Burton

  • Author: Andrew McConnell & Josh Murphy