Mussels in Guinness & Garlic Sauce is a wonderful Irish inspired starter item to add to your holiday menu for your Irish themed celebration
4tablespoonsfresh parsley2 tablespoons chopped
kosher saltto own taste
freshly ground black pepperto own taste
4poundsfresh musselsscrubbed, beard removed
3lemonsjuice of 1 lemon
Irish soda bread for serving
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven place 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in a pan, place on low heat. Once unsalted butter has melted add 1/2 cup fresh pearl onions to unsalted butter along with minced garlic. Cook on low for 3-4 minutes till softened.
Once 3-4 minutes have passed add 12 ounces of Guinness stout to saucepan simmer 3-4 minutes before adding 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon of fresh dill chopped, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to own taste- let reduce by almost half.
Once the sauce has reduced add 4 pounds of fresh mussels in their shell to the sauce, cook with a lid on for about 4-5 minutes or till mussels have opened.
Place in large serving dish sprinkle with juice of 1 lemon, garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges – serve with Irish Soda Bread.
Recipe by Heidy L. McCallum owner of The McCallum's Shamrock Patch Blog