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Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!

Belgian Mussels with Blue Cheese & Tripel Beer

Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!

Course Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine Belgian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories per serving 269 kcal

Ingredients

  • 14 fresh mussels
  • ½ cup Belgian dark ale (120 ml)
  • 2 oz blue cheese (55 g), crumbled
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp fresh carrot diced
  • 3 tbsp fresh celery diced
  • 2 tbsp onion chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse the mussels under cold running tap water. Brush them clean and scrape off any sediments on the shells using a sharp knife. Then rinse the mussels again and let them drain at room temperature.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  2. Peel the garlic clove and chop it up very finely. Add the unsalted butter to a medium saucepan and add the chopped garlic.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  3. Place the pan over medium heat and gently fry the garlic in the melted butter for 2 minutes. Then add the diced carrot, celery and yellow onion to the pan as well. Season with a little pinch of pepper.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  4. Stir the vegetables well and cook them in the butter for about 6 minutes. Then pour in the tripel beer.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  5. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Then add the cleaned and rinsed mussels to the pan.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  6. Stir and put a lid on the pan. Turn the heat high now and let the mussels cook in the beer and vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes. They should have opened by then. Add the crumbled blue cheese.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  7. Stir, turn the heat lower and let the blue cheese melt into the beer sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken lightly.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!
  8. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper to taste if necessary. Then scoop the mussels onto warm plates and drizzle with the rest of the blue cheese sauce and vegetables. Sprinkle with some of the freshly chopped parsley. Serve immediately while hot.
    Creamy mussels with blue cheese and Belgian beer... A powerful appetizer to start dinner. What a heavenly flavor combination!!