An east coast delight made with local shellfish.
4–6 SERVINGS | PREP 5 MINS | COOK 5 MINS
Nutritional value (per serving): Calories 746 kcal; Total Fat 31.5 g; Saturated Fat 5 g; Carbohydrates 37 g; Protein 77 g; Sodium 290 mg
» 5 lbs mussels (or hard shell clams); cleaned
» 4 garlic cloves; sliced
» 2 whole tomatoes; roughly chopped
» ½ lb bacon; roughly chopped
» 3 bay leaves
» 2 bottles (375 ml) hard apple cider (I like Tideview or Stutz!)
» Salt & pepper
In a large pot, heat butter and add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Next, add the chopped bacon and cook for another 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook down for 2 minutes. Add the mussels and bay leaves and give a good stir (or shake with lid tightly on). Pour in the cider, cover and cook until all the mussels open. Season to taste. If using clams, they take extra time, so be patient. Remember folks, if they stay shut, do not eat it! Enjoy!
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