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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.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
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Mussels with beer and bacon
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 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bacon rashers, diced
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 150 ml pale ale or lager beer
  • 1 kg black mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 20 gm butter, diced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley


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    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.