30 Minute Meals - Week 4 - Mussels in a Blue Cheese Sauce


Welcome to my 30 minute meals series! Lately it has felt like there are too few hours in the day to do all the things I need to get done. With the summer coming to an end and the kids back in school I am sure I am not alone. Since making fresh and delicious meals for my family is very important to me, I have resorted to my secret weapon - 30 minute meals. Simple, delicious and quick recipes that dazzle the taste buds for when it gets really busy. Join me in September and October for my 30 minute meal series! Today I will be sharing my recipe for Mussels in a Blue Blue Cheese Sauce. I developed a taste for mussels oddly enough in Melbourne, Australia. We discovered a lovely restaurant that served mussels in several different ways, each delicious and unique, accompanied by a wide-selection of beers from all over the world. I tried every variety of mussels they had and along the way was inspired to create a few recipes of my own. Enjoy!!!

Mussels in a Blue Cheese Sauce

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 lbs/1.8 kg fresh mussels

2 tablespoon olive oil2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups milk3.5 oz/100 g

1 shallot, chopped

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash the mussels thoroughly; remove the beard (hairy part) of the mussels if still present.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over low heat, then fry the garlic for 30 seconds.

  3. Increase the heat to medium/high, then add the milk and bring to a boil.

  4. Add the blue cheese and stir for 2 minutes or until melted.

  5. Add the mussels, nutmeg and salt to the pan and simmer (be sure to cover with a lid) for about 5 minutes or until most of the mussels have opened (some may open faster than others).

  6. Remove from heat. Throw away any mussels that did not open.

Serving suggestions: Serve the mussels along with the broth, fresh bread (preferably a French baguette and steak fries)

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