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About this recipe: The mussels are flavoured with bacon and oak-smoked garlic and simmered in white wine. They are served on a bed of oakleaf lettuce for a light dinner or delicious starter. Don't forget the fresh baguette for mopping up the sauce!
Oak-smoked garlic cloves may not be available in your local shops. Try searching online or in speciality shops.
When buying mussels in shops, look for mussels with tightly closed shells, discard any that do not close when tapped - the mussels must be alive when you cook them. It is important to discard any mussels that do not open fully during cooking. Don't overcook them otherwise they will become rubbery.