Mussels Steamed with Beer, Garlic & Bacon

Ingredients

1 kg mussels
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-2 tbsp butter
1 slice thick bacon, chopped
1 rib celery, diced
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 small onion, diced
1 bay leaf
lemon (optional)
200 ml  beer
1 bunch parsley, chopped
½ cup spring onions, chopped

Method

Rinse mussels, pulling off any beards.

Discard any mussels that do not close when tapped.

Set aside.

In large shallow heavy based pan, add oil and cook garlic, bacon, celery, onion and bay leaf on a high heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 1-2 minutes.

Add mussels, butter and beer, reduce heat, cover and simmer until mussels open, about 10 minutes. Discard any that do not open.

Stir in parsley and spring onions.

Serves with mayonnaise and crusty bread.