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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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