Just about everyone has had oysters Kilpatrick – well this is just as tasty and about half the price!
Farmed mussels are now widely available and of an excellent quality – there is no need to be worried about their freshness if you buy from a reputable supplier.
What's more this dish only takes about 10 minutes to cook, so you can have it ready almost as soon as you pour a tasty beverage....
600 grams fresh, live mussels
4-6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 glass white wine
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon thyme
Plenty of pepper, parsley and tarragon
Before starting the cooking, check your mussels, cleaning off the beards and rinsing in cold water.
In a large, heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil or butter until it is bubbling, then add the pepper, thyme, red onion and tarragon.
Cook until slightly browned, then add the bacon and garlic.
Once the bacon is sizzling and starting to become crispy, add the mussels and wine and pop on the lid to let them steam for five minutes.
Remove the lid and add the Worcestershire sauce. Toss the mussels through the sauce and sprinkle with herbs, and a little chilli if you like.
Serve with toasted pita bread or lovely chunks of crusty bread.