Comber Potato, Asparagus and Mussel Broth

This is a recipe by Danny Miller of Balloo House showcasing local food on the Signature Kitchen in the NI Food Pavilion at The Balmoral Show 2015

Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 1 hour
Main Ingredients
  • 1.25 litre/2 pints 4fl oz chicken stock
  • 300g/11oz Comber potatoes, scrubbed and sliced
  • 150g/5oz pearl onions, peeled
  • 16 stems asparagus, trimmed
  • 600g/1lb 6oz mussels, cleaned
  • 75g/3oz butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Wheaten bread, to serve

Main Instructions
  1. Bring the chicken stock to the boil in a saucepan. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, or until nearly tender.
  2. Add the pearl onions and cook for a further two minutes. Add the asparagus and cook for another two minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Simmer the stock until the volume of liquid has reduced by one-third.
  5. Check the mussels: if any are open, give them a tap on the work surface and if they don't close, throw them away. Add the clams to the broth, cover and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until all the clams are open.
  6. Whisk in the butter, then return the vegetables to the pan and warm through. Season with salt (if needed) and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Serve the broth in bowls with crusty bread.
Allergy Advice
This recipe may include:
  • Celery
  • Cereals
  • Mollusc
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