This recipe from Finn Ní Fhaolain makes for a delicious, yet healthy meal, which is perfect for those trying to be a little healthier!

Mussels are packed full of flavour and so easy to prepare, plus they're super healthy and cheap to buy, just what you need in around this time of year!

However, we don't think enough people eat mussels here in Ireland, which is a real shame considering the high quality of Irish seafood.

This recipe from Finn Ní Fhaolain is a great way to start cooking more seafood at home, so try it out to discover the amazing flavours of Irish mussels.

Ingredients

  • 40-60 mussels, roughly 10-15 per person
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Small handful of roughly chopped wild garlic leaves or two crushed cloves of regular garlic
  • Butter
  • Oil 
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Crusty bread for soaking up the sauce (try this delicious Irish soda bread from Finn)

Method

  1. Heat a big pot with a lid over a medium-high heat. Once it's hot, add a little butter and oil to the pan and sauté the onions until they're translucent.
  2. Add the wine and bay leaves and allow them to cook off about 1-2 minutes, then add the mussels, stock and garlic.
  3. Stir, put the lid on the pot and let the mussels steam away for 5-10 minutes or until most of the mussels are open. Discard any mussels that haven't opened.
  4. Serve topped with the parsley and with crusty bread to soak up the lovely juices.

TIP: Get your mussels from your local fishmonger if you're not sure about how to harvest them yourself.

TIP: Always discard any mussels that stay open after you tap them!

Read more: Saltwater stories from Finn Ní Fhaolain

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