Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer, and Fennel

Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer, and FennelRecipe
Photo: Caleb Chancey, Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
You may not think of seafood as budget-friendly, but mussels certainly are. If you can't find a 16-ounce beer (a "tall boy"), you can use a 12-ounce beer plus 1/2 cup broth or water. If there's wiggle room in your budget, pick up some crusty bread to dunk into the beer broth.


Serves 4
Total time: 25 Minutes

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Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 237
Fat 7 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 2.9 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 18 g
Carbohydrate 23.3 g
Fiber 3.8 g
Cholesterol 38 mg
Iron 5 mg
Sodium 665 mg
Calcium 73 mg


1 (12-ounce) fennel bulb with stalks
1 1/2 ounces applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
10 ounce red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (16-ounce) can beer
1 1/2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded (about 40)
4 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/3-inch pieces (about 3/4 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1. Trim tough outer leaves from fennel; mince feathery fronds to measure 2 tablespoons. Remove and discard stalks. Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise, and discard core. Vertically slice bulb.

2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat for 3 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently. Add fennel bulb, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook 10 minutes or until fennel is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to high. Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil. Stir in mussels and green beans; cover and cook 4 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any unopened shells. Stir in juice. Divide mussel mixture evenly among 4 bowls, and spoon broth evenly over mussels. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fennel fronds.