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Your Ultimate Guide to Everything Mustard

Updated on March 16, 2012

Now that summer is almost here, you might find yourself reaching for one of your favorite condiments. Whether you add plain yellow mustard to a hot dog or you prefer a spicier mustard as a marinade, you know that you mustard comes in different varieties. Every type of mustard has a different use for all of your favorite foods.

Yellow Mustard

Yellow mustard is one of the most common varieties and one that most home cooks know. The flavor of the mustard varies depending on its manufacturing location. The British version has a little kick and some spice that spreads through your body, while the American version has a lighter flavor. This is a great choice when you’re making a fast sandwich or you want a topping for bratwurst or a hot dog.

Dijon Mustard

Dijon mustard is usually mild in flavor, but has a rich and slightly smoky flavor. This type of mustard does have white wine added to the recipe, which helps give it that unique flavor. Mix the mustard with olive oil for a fast marinade or salad dressing. You can also add a tablespoon to your pan drippings for a fast and simple sauce for any meat dish.

Honey Mustard

Honey mustard is much lighter and sweeter than the other varieties of mustard. You can find honey mustard in both sweet and spicy varieties. Add a tablespoon of the mustard when making a dressing for a fruit salad or a vegetable salad, or mix the mustard with equal parts yogurt for a slightly spicy dipping sauce. Don’t forget the classic method of using honey mustard as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers.

Beer Mustard

Did you know that you can find spicy mustard varieties that use beer in the recipe? These mustards have a great flavor that lets you taste the undercurrents of beer. Brush the mustard onto burgers or sausages during grilling to add a rich and crusty texture to the meat. A little beer mustard also adds great flavor to an otherwise ordinary sandwich.

Smoked Mustard

Smoked mustard is probably one of the least common types of mustard, but it still has a nice taste. Before making the mustard, the mustard seeds roast over a low heat. The rich and smoky flavor of the hickory wood passes through the seeds, which gives it that rich flavor. This type of mustard works with both fowl and beef. Use a little mustard to flavor grilled meats or as a topping for baked meats.

Horseradish Mustard

The inclusion of horseradish takes an ordinary mustard into something hot and spicy. Some recipes use only a small amount of horseradish, but you can still taste the heat on the back of your throat. Add a dollop of the mustard to potatoes before roasting or as a topping for hashbrowns. The spicy flavor also pairs well with post roast and corned beef.

Raspberry Mustard

Raspberry mustard isn’t as well known as its brown and yellow brothers, but it has a light and delicious taste. Manufacturers add some fresh raspberries and vinegar to the traditional mustard recipe for something that tastes completely different from your typically yellow mustard. The flavor works especially well with fowl, including duck, chicken and turkey. Add a dollop to a roasted duck or use as a new addition to your favorite turkey sandwich.

Brown Mustard

Brown mustard has more of a kick, due to the vinegar added to the recipe. Depending on the type that you use, it might have some larger or darker seeds inside or have a smoother texture. Since it has such a rich and spicy flavor, it works well with mild foods. Add a small amount to the top of ham as it adds a thick crust to the finished dish. You can also pair this mustard with mild and rich cheeses.


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    • smokingcupcake profile image

      smokingcupcake 6 years ago from Dayton, OH

      Thanks Mary! This actually came to me in the middle of the grocery store when I was trying to find a basic mustard for egg salad LOL. I thought other people might find it useful :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I like this guide! There are so many new twists to common food products, and this is a hrlpful glossary of what those labels mean. Now I know which mustard jar to reach for in the store.

      Voted up and useful!