Mussels and beer are two well known ingredients of the Belgian cuisine. Most of the time you will drink beer with your mussels. A well known expression in Belgium is the mussels need to swim. But in this recipe we go a bit further, and use already beer to steam the mussels: Belgian beer steamed mussels.
The steaming part is very important for this recipe. First of all, the mussels and the vegetables should not get into contact with the beer. Otherwise, the ones at the bottom would absorb too much of the taste of the beer, the ones at the top far less. Additionally, the ingredients keep much more taste if you steam them. Otherwise, they will lose much of their taste to the cooking liquid.
What kind of beer should you use? A typical Belgian beer of course. For this recipe I like "Blanche de Namur" from Brasserie du Bocq. It is an award winning Belgian wheat beer of extreme high quality, freshness and a lemon fruit taste. If not available in your region, you might choose for another Belgian wheat beer with a fruity bitter taste.
When I was young, I learned that the mussels season is in months with an "r". Although the mussel season is meanwhile already starting in Jury and Aurust, I still stick to that tradition to start only with mussels in September.
The inspiration for this recipe comes of course from the numerous posts and pictures of mussels recipes on Belgian and international social media. A special nomination goes to Krumpli, an English food blogger living on the countryside in Hungary. I was utmost surprised and happy to see him making and publishing this kind of mussels recipe. I always wonder where he gets the ingredients from.
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If you speak Dutch, you can find the Dutch version of this recipe on gerechtenweb.blog.