Bord Bia's 'Flex Your Mussels' campaign encourages Irish consumers to cook and enjoy more mussels at home and also when dining out. Their mussel and bacon paella is right up our alley.
Yield: Serves: 4
- 20 mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
- 12 uncooked large prawns, shells removed
- 100g bacon lardons
- 600ml seafood stock or water
- 5 saffron strands, soaked in 1 tablespoon boiling water
- 2-3 tablespoon. rapeseed or olive oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 1½ teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 300g paella rice
- Lemon wedges, garnish
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the onion, chopped red pepper and garlic. Stir through the paprika and cayenne pepper and season with a little salt and black pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes until the onions and peppers are softened.
- Add another ½ tablespoon oil, add the bacon and cook until browned. Add the chopped tomato and cook for a couple of minutes. Drizzle in the remaining olive oil and add the rice to the frying pan. Stir to coat the rice in oil and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour in the stock and saffron. Bring to the boil. Stir for a few minutes then reduce the heat, cover with a lid or tin foil. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until rice has absorbed most of the liquid, but the mixture is still soupy and the rice is soft.
- Add the mussels and prawns to the frying pan, cover and cook until the mussels have opened and prawns are pink. Discard any mussels that have not opened. Turn the heat off but keep covered for 5 minutes to let it rest.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.
Bord Bia's 'Flex Your Mussels' campaign launches Monday, 4th June. Irish mussels are easy to prepare, high in protein and iron, great value for money and are packed full of flavour.