Mussels with Pastis. Mussels play a pretty big part in my culinary life; in my day job, we sell a lot of them. But it is eating them that really gets me excited. Today’s recipe is a homage to Jerseys location close to France and another favourite of mine Pastis. The lovely flavours of Anise and liquorice really pair up with the sweetness of the mussels.
Jersey Mussels with Garlic, Chilli, Caraway, and Beer is a full flavoured spiced version of steamed mussels. Liberation Ale replaces the more common wine normally associated with mussels. The shallots and tomato concassé add a little sweetness and the dish is finished with fresh coriander.
What’s not to like with Mouclade, plump, salty, full of flavour mussels in a bowl of creamy lightly spiced sauce.
There is something about the combination of the pungent braised chorizo and aromatic, slightly bitter, beer with the cooking liquor of the mussels which creates a wonderful broth