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mussels with cider and speck

Mussels With Cider And Speck

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 large shallot finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 70g (2.5oz) speck bacon
  • 1kg (2.2lbs) mussels
  • 200ml (6.8oz) cider
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 50g (1.8oz) parsley
  • 200ml (6.8oz) cream
  • basil leaves to garnish


  1. Cut the bacon into thin strips and colour gently in the bottom of the pan on a moderate heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and shallots and continue to cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat up full and add the mussels and bay leaf. Mix everything together before pouring in the cider
  4. Cover with a lid and cook till the mussels just open.
  5. Remove the mussels from the pan and keep warm.
  6. Boil the cooking liquor for one minute then whisk in the cream followed by the parsley.
  7. Return the mussels to the pan and toss everything together before serving.


  • Serving Size: 4 large appetizer size portions