Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer, and Fennel

Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer, and Fennel
You can never have too many hor d'oeuvre recipes, so give Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer, and Fennel a try. This recipe serves 4. Watching your figure? This gluten free and dairy free recipe has 238 calories, 15g of protein, and 7g of fat per serving. This recipe covers 24% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. A mixture of applewood-smoked bacon, beer, lemon juice, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so scrumptious. Father's Day will be even more special with this recipe. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 25 minutes.


Trim tough outer leaves from fennel; mince feathery fronds to measure 2 tablespoons.
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Remove and discard stalks.
Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise, and discard core. Vertically slice bulb.
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Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat for 3 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently.
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Add fennel bulb, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook 10 minutes or until fennel is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to high.
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Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil. Stir in mussels and green beans; cover and cook 4 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any unopened shells. Stir in juice. Divide mussel mixture evenly among 4 bowls, and spoon broth evenly over mussels.
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Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fennel fronds.
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Recommended wine: Chardonnay, Muscadet, Riesling

Shellfish works really well with Chardonnay, Muscadet, and Riesling. Buttery chardonnay is great for scallops, shrimp, crab, and lobster, while muscadet is a classic pick for mussels, oysters, and clams. If you've got some spice in your shellfish, a semi-dry riesling can balance out the heat. The Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Les Grandes Coutures Chardonnay with a 4.2 out of 5 star rating seems like a good match. It costs about 30 dollars per bottle.
Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Les Grandes Coutures Chardonnay
Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Les Grandes Coutures Chardonnay
Chardonnay Les Grandes Coutures is from three plots bordering Meursault with vine ages from 15 to 51 years. Soils are predominantly argile (clay), bringing weight and texture to this Bourgogne Blanc.The 2015 vintage shows aromas of ripe melon, hazelnut, and lemon custard, and tend to be broader and more textural than wines from neighboring villages. Aging small French oak barrels lends notes of toast and vanilla.White Burgundy, with its richness, texture, and toasted flavors pairs well with light fish and shellfish and can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer climates lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.
Ready In25 m.
Health Score26