Mussel, Spinach and smoked bacon Gratin Simple Suppers

Typical British weather today, wet and warm – need comfort food, but not too heavy – a delicious Mussel, Smoked Bacon and Spinach Gratin using Aldi frozen shelled mussels (defrosted), smoked bacon lardons, bagged spinach, a Creamy cheese sauce with a crispy Herby cheesy breadcrumb topping šŸ˜ Perfect with a chunk of homemade bread and a glass of chilled white wine šŸ˜Š

I got the recipe for ‘cooked’ it’s a Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall RecipeĀ  which, of course I have fiddled with to suit what I have.


I start by making the breadcrumb topping and into my Thermomix bowl, I am chucking the crust of a loaf of bread, roughly torn up, a peeled clove of garlic, salt pepper and 50g of Cheddar, whizz at speed 6 for a few seconds


then I add half a pack of coriander that is looking a bit sad and whizz for a further couple of seconds till ‘breadcrumbs’ – empty this out into a bowl.


Then into the Thermomix bowl add 400ml milk, 40g plain flour, 40g butter, 100g cheddar, a teaspoon of English mustard powder, salt and pepper, cook for 7 minutes, speed 4, heat 90.


Whilst this is on, take a frying pan and fry the smoked bacon, and a small finely diced onion till browning, stir in the mussels, then set aside

in the same pan add the raw spinach and cook till wilted, drain, cool and finely chop.


To the sauce, add the mussel and fried bacon mix and chopped spinach, stir through.


Pop the mix into an ovenproof dish and top with the breadcrumbs – into a preheated oven at 180 to cook for 20-30 minutes till bubbling and golden.


Allow to cool slightly before serving with crusty bread šŸ˜

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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