Mussels with Bacon and Rapini
- prep time5 min
- total time 40 min
- serves 4
Delicious mussels cooked in white wine with chunks of bacon on a bed of rapini.
4 thick slices of crusty bread
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp steak spice
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 slices of thick cut bacon, diced
1 medium onion, halved and sliced
2 cup red cherry tomatoes, whole (500 ml)
2 lb(s) mussels, scrubbed and debearded (900 grams)
1 cup white wine
¾ cup water
½ heads rapini
¼ cup dill, chopped
¼ cup chives, chopped
2 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop up bread into thick cubes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Add cubed up bread to pan to soak up all the excess bacon fat, add pepper and let it go on medium to low heat until bread crisps up. Remove from pan and set aside.
3. For the rapini, bring a large pot of water to boil for 30 seconds. Add whole rapini and blanch for 45 seconds. Remove and plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain and roughly chop. Set aside.
4. In another pan, add onions and cook for 2 minutes then add cherry tomatoes and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add wine, cover and cook for 2 minutes then add mussels and water and cook until they begin to open, about 5-7 minutes. Add rapini to the pan of muscles and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, discard unopened mussels, add bacon, dill, chives, butter lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve with croutons on top.