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Mussels in Welsh Ale

Mussels in Welsh Ale

To celebrate our great Welsh Seafood and help you cook up a storm in the kitchen for you and your family, William Richards from Cambrian Training suggests you try out this great recipe. Follow this step-by-step guide to preparing and cooking this fabulous Seafood dish:

Course: Appetizer

Servings: 2


  1. 75 g butter

  2. 2 Carrots (cut to brunoise)

  3. 3 Celery stalks (cut to brunoise)

  4. 1/2 Leek (finely chopped)

  5. 3 Shallots (finely diced)

  6. 2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)

  7. 1 kg Gower Mussels

  8. 300 g Double cream

  9. Chive, Parsley, Chervil (Finely Chopped)

  10. 10 g Welsh rapeseed oil

  11. Sourdough loaf (optional)


To begin, wash and clean the mussels by running under cold water and using a spoon to remove the beards. Once the beards are removed you need to scrape off any barnacles, rinse then place into a clean bowl. Repeat until all mussels are clean.

For the sauce base, you will need to melt the butter in a pan and sauté the shallots, garlic, carrots, celery and leek until cooked with no colour. (remember to take your time with the brunoise vegetables and make sure every piece is 2mm by 2mm, this will improve your knife skills)

When the vegetables are cooked, remove from the pan and place to the side to use later on.

Using the same pan, add the rapeseed oil and heat until smoking.

Continue to cook until the mussels begin to open then remove the lid.

Next, pour in the ale and reduce by half, allowing the alcohol to cook off and enhance the flavour with the natural juices from the mussels.

When reduced, add back in the vegetables you prepared earlier and stir.

Add in the double cream and reduce until thickened whilst continuing to stir the mussels.

When the cooking liquor has thickened, remove from the heat and add in the finely chopped herbs, and season with salt and pepper.

Finally, serve in a bowl with all the cooking juices and pair with freshly baked sourdough bread to absorb those cooking juices.

Chef's Top Tips:

Remember to use all the natural cooking juices when cooking with shellfish as this is a money can’t buy experience your pallet doesn’t want to miss out on.

Try substituting the Real Welsh Ale for white wine and making yourself a classic French Moules Marinières


Preparing and cooking Seafood develops skills learnt by apprentices when working towards a Foundation Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery and Craft Cuisine Level 2 and covers preparing and cooking of a range of Seafood. For more information about Apprenticeships contact Cambrian Training Company at or Tel: 01938 555893.

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