Memorial Day weekend typically involves the grill, fresh and creamy salads, big servings of spring fruits and cocktails in the yard. Sometimes I don’t want to mess with the old standbys like a good burger or smoky grilled sausages, but the add-ins are fair game. Matthew shares a homemade mustard that will elevate my dinner party dishes. And gosh, it’s so easy. Happy weekend! -Maggie
Maybe it just occurs in my kitchen, but I’ve noticed a small collection of condiments rapidly taking hold over the shelves on my fridge door. Horseradish, chutney, peanut sauce, relish, and mustard – just to name a few of the residents. Looking more closely within the mustard neighborhood, I decided it might be time to try creating my own mustard. It’s really quite a simple process, and the customization opportunities are only limited by what you can come up with in your head.
I searched through my spice rack to see if any inspiration would develop, and then I came upon the caraway seeds. I added the seeds to a traditional mustard recipe and what developed was a spicy mustard with a rye bread familiarity. This would be perfect for both creating a filling reuben or for something more simple, such as dipping fresh baked pretzels.
Giving the flavors a day to settle in gave this mustard a completely different vibe. It went from a subtle tangy kick to an all out spicy attack on my taste buds, which I must say I enjoyed wholeheartedly. The level of heat you prefer can be negotiated. If you want a spread that is less spicy, do not grind the mustard seed too finely. The more you grind the seed, the spicier your mustard will become.
- 6 tbsp mustard seed, freshly ground (Coarse or fine, your choice!)
- 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp caraway seed, freshly ground
- ½ cup mustard powder
- 2 tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix until incorporated.
- Allow to set in fridge 12 hours for full flavor.
Lead photo styled and taken by Matthew Petrelis. Second taken by Susy Morris (via Creative Commons).
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