Three fresh and unusual recipes for a white tablecloth celebration

In honor of the restoration of Latvia’s independence, when we traditionally celebrate the white tablecloth holiday, chef Inga Kalniņa in collaboration with “Kronenbourg” non-alcoholic beer offers three recipes to please yourself, creating a festive feeling at home! We will lay the white tablecloths and put something fresh on the table, pampering our taste buds – mussels cooked in non-alcoholic beer, sweet rice pudding with lemon and caramel, and for snacking moments – Brittany butter cookies with lemon cream.

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1. Mussels boiled in beer

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 kg of frozen mussels
  • 500ml Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Alcohol Free” beer
  • 200 ml of sweet cream
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 leek
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 carrot

Preparation:

1. First prepare the additives. Cut the celery stalks into small pieces. The leek is cleaned and both the white and semi-green parts are cut into fine rounds. Crush the garlic and chop the onion.

2. Adding carrot is optional, but it adds a nice flavor. If you decide to add a carrot, grate it.

3. In a large pot with a thick bottom, put butter, add onions and garlic. Saute until soft. Add all the other chopped vegetables, saute them (if it seems that there is not enough butter, add more) until they become a little softer. Add a little beer and sauté the vegetables. Add more beer (almost all of it), and when the beer has made the first bubble, add the mussels and cover the pot. Boil them until they have fully opened (those that remain hard are inedible). When the mussels have opened, add a little sweet cream (just enough to make the sauce creamier) and boil. Everything is ready!

4. Taste the sauce to see if it needs salt.

5. Serve warm, sprinkled with fresh parsley. Eat with fresh bread, green salad or crispy fries!

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