You don’t have to spend a lot of money on gourmet mustard—making flavored versions at home is easy and only takes a few simple ingredients.
Plus, almost anything will benefit from a spoonful of mustard, so why not make as many delicious mustards as possible?
First up, a simple mixture of mustard seeds, vinegar, a bit of honey, and about an hour to let it sit will result in these delightful Pickled Mustard Seeds. They can be used is salad dressings or other sauces, as well as a dip or garnish all on their own.
Surprisingly to many, it’s even easier to just make Homemade Mustard—all that’s involved is soaking the seeds and whirling them up in a blender or with an immersion blender to get the consistency you like. This Pickle Spice Mustard works with the fact that pickle spice includes a fair amount of mustard seeds in it, and ups that pickle-y flavor with pickle brine as its liquid. Add the optional mayo to tame the intense flavor, if you like. In any case, it’s best spread on sandwiches for extra tang or served alongside cured meats to help cut the richness.
If you’re willing to start working with a few more ingredients, you start to get some really interesting options. One tact includes adding cumin seeds and almonds to the mix to create this flavorful Roman Mustard with an unusually rich texture. From that example, you can play around with endless combinations. Sage, coriander, five spice mix, garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne are just a few spices and blends that work well with mustard. Simply add them 1/4 teaspoon at a time to about 1/2 cup mustard until you like how it tastes.
Or, replace the vinegar with another liquid. The acid level is key to making a tasty mustard, which is why vinegar is the classic choice, but as the example of Kombucha Mustard shows, other bright liquids can work, too.
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