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Sam Hayward's Beer Steamed Mussels

Beer-Steamed Mussels

Serves 6 as a main dish or 10 as a first course

by Sam Hayward

 

6 lbs. mussels, scrubbed clean and debearded

12 oz. bottle of wheat beer

3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

½ cup coarsely chopped mixed herbs such as rosemary, chives, savory, thyme, sorrel, and/or parsley, plus additional for garnish

1 French baguette, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices and toasted

 

In a 10 quart stockpot with a tight-fitting lid, bring the beer to a boil. Add the mussels, cover, and cook, tossing occasionally, until the mussels have completely opened, about 8 to 12 minutes. Discard any unopened shells. Transfer the mussels to a very large wide bowl and cover with foil.

Strain the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a damp paper towel into a 3-quart saucepan. Add the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Let the sauce cook to meld the flavors and reduce slightly, about 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, a few cubes at a time, until all the butter has been added and the sauce is emulsified. Stir in the herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon the sauce over the mussels and garnish with more herbs. Serve with the bread to sop up the sauce.

Recipe adapted from Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.



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