Thursday, February 21, 2013

Special Night In: Mussels with Bacon and Blue Cheese

For a relaxing night in I like to make one of my all-time favorite  meals: 
Mussels with bacon and blue cheese.
Not only is this an absolutely positively scrumptious meal, 
but it is also extremely simple to make.
To serve two hungry tummies all you need is: 

2 pounds Prince Edward Island mussels 
3 large shallots (or 1 large onion) chopped fine 
4 or 5 strips of bacon, diced
1 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 cups white wine - ~ 1 bottle of wine (including a glass for you)
  1 large pot

Before you start cooking, make sure you prep everything by cutting up your shallots, bacon, and blue cheese and measure out your wine.

Start by cooking the bacon in the large pot. As the bacon starts cooking away and making your entire kitchen smell of bacony-goodness add in your shallots and saute until soft. **Important note: Make sure you place your nose directly over this steaming pot and take a great big sniff.**

Then add a cup of the wine and half of the parsley and blue cheese.

Once the blue cheese has melted, add the remaining wine and salt and pepper to taste.
When the pot's contents comes to a boil add in those sparkling clean mussels!

The mussels will quickly open after 4 to 5 minutes. Make sure to stir the mussels every minute, as the mussels on the bottom  will cook first. 

Don't those little puppies just look divine?!?

When you plate the mussels make sure you pour enough of that sauce and the extra goodies over the mussels so you can soak it all up with some delicious bread.

Grab a  fork, bring your appetite, and get ready for an unforgettable feast, my friend!

Let me know what you think of the recipe once you've tried it for yourself!

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