Comber potato, asparagus and mussel broth

Danny Millar

Danny Millar

30th March 2015

Comber potato, asparagus and mussel broth

Mussels should be alive when you cook them and can be roasted, steamed, smoked, boiled, roasted, barbequed or pan-fried - Why not give the following Comber potato, asparagus and mussel broth recipe a try yourself? Fancy this Comber potato recipe with an asparagus and mussel broth? A simple but tasty offering from Danny Millar, Balloo House.


  • 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


Bring the chicken stock to the boil in a saucepan.
Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, or until nearly tender.
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.
Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Simmer the stock until the volume of liquid has reduced by one-third.
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.
Whisk in the butter, then return the vegetables to the pan and warm through.
Season with salt (if needed) and freshly ground black pepper.
Serve the broth in bowls with crusty bread.

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