Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels

Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels | cakenknife.com

Well hello 2015, it’s so wonderful to meet you! Shall we dine over some ridiculously luxurious mussels and get to know each other a bit?

Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels | cakenknife.com 

I love ordering a large bowl of mussels for dinner whenever I can. When Ben and I were in Ireland, we stopped in a local pub for lunch and to break the pattern of fish and chips, I ordered mussels. Moments later I was greeted with the biggest bowl of mussels I’ve ever seen in my life. Sitting there with my Bulmers (oh how I miss it…), sopping up broth with toasted bread and taking in the pub life is one of my favorite memories from the trip.

Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels | cakenknife.com

I realized a couple weeks ago that I hadn’t enjoyed a large serving of mussels since Ireland and that needed to be remedied immediately. You all know about my love affair with bacon and smelly cheeses, so I had to work those in somehow. The broth with these mussels has such a sumptuous umami-filled liquid that flavors the mussels and is accented perfectly by the sharp gorgonzola cheese.

Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels | cakenknife.com

If I could dive into a bath with these mussels and eat my way out, boy oh boy would I…

Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Mussels cooked in white wine are taken to the next level with crispy bacon, bacon fat, and pungent Gorgonzola cheese.

Ingredients

  • 3lbs mussels
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup Gorgonzola crumbles

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cold water and flour. Stir until flour is incorporated. Add the mussels and allow to rest for 30 minutes to help release the sand from the shells. Drain, remove the beards from the shells, and discard any shells that are not firmly closed. Set usable mussels aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter with olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and brown for approximately 1 minute. Add chopped bacon and cook until crisp, approximately 5 minutes. Drain approximately half of the bacon fat out of the pan (this will help prevent the broth from being too greasy).
  3. Add the thyme, wine, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over medium heat. Add the mussels to the broth, cover the pot, and cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard any shells that have not opened.
  4. Sprinkle the Gorgonzola over the mussels and serve immediately with bread.
Yum

5 Responses to “Bacon Gorgonzola Mussels”

  1. Jill — January 2, 2015 at 11:23 am (#)

    I’d love to dig in!

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche — January 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm (#)

    Mussels are not my favourite thing to eat by themselves.. but when they are accompanied with crispy bacon and Gorgonzola it’s a different story completely! These look SO delicious!

    • Meghan B. — January 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm (#)

      Thank you Thalia! 🙂

  3. Susannah // Feast + West — January 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm (#)

    Oh girl, yes. I also had some of the best mussels of my life when I was traveling — in a seaside cafe in Kalk Bay, South Africa. They served the most amazing fresh bread with it too! Oh, man. To be in that moment again… I order them as often as I can, but it’s never the same. Curious, where do you buy your mussels?

    • Meghan B. — January 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm (#)

      It’s so hard to get them as good as when I travel to the coastal towns! I get mine at Whole Foods but being in a landlocked state limits me a bit. They do have fresher mussels I’ve found, at least in comparison to other CO shops. Of course when you cook them in bacon fat and top them with cheese and bacon, well, you know they are going to be delish!

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