There are many varieties of mustard and although it really comes down to how spicy you like your mustard, there are certain variety of mustard that can enhance a dish slightly better than the other.
Mustard is created from grind Mustard seeds, vinegar and salt. Spices, herbs , sugar, champagne or wine are added to enhance the flavors further. How spicy a mustard is depends on the type of seed combination used. Brown mustard seeds are spicier than yellow ones. This means that the more brown a mustard looks it will taste spicier.
This mustard is very suitable for making mustard sauce, to add to mayonnaise and mustard butter.
Medium sharp Mustard
With it's slightly sharper taste this mustard is great to use as a meat marinate.
Wonderful with gourmet style hot dogs.
Super Spicy Mustard
This mustard is great with fatty meats and helps you digest better.
Great to use as an additive to salad dressings and with white sausage.
1. Horseradish Mustard
Medium to Spicy - The addition of grind Horseradish adds an extra kick to this mustard. Wonderful with trout fillet.
2. Champagne Mustard
Medium - herbal taste and aromatic. The addition of Champagne makes this mustard a wonderful addition to sauces and steamed fish, such as Salmon.
3. Dijon Mustard
Mild to Medium - herbal taste. Named after the Dijon region in France this mustard is created with white wine and adds great flavor when added to ground beef. Also used to make vinaigrette.
4. Pepper Mustard
Medium - Green pepper corn grind is added to make this another very flavorful mustard. Great to add to fondue sauces and as a condiment for roasts.
5. Seedy Mustard
Medium - The mustard seed is not completely grind giving this mustard a grainy texture. Great with chicken and all sort of fowl, meat and vegetables.
6. Grilling Mustard
Medium - Paprika is added to this mustard for an extra flavor enhancement. Great on anything that comes off the grill.
7. Roisserie Mustard
Medium - coarsely grind - you can still find a mustard seed or two makes this a mustard that can tolerate great heat. So for meats headed to the oven such as roasts or pork chops a great mustard to use.
8. Herbal Mustard
Mild - Made with Estragon and other herbs from Provance it taste great with chicken or turkey.
Which one is my favorite you ask? I live on the wild side of things and love things super spicy. My favorite mustard is a Russian Mustard that opens your sinuses!
Make sure the lid is placed back on securely and store in refrigerator. Optimum storage is 2 months for flavor, aroma and spiciness to be at peak. If you are not as picky, mustard seems to last a super long time. If your favorite mustard has dried out and you just can't run to the store for a new one add a bit of vinegar, oil and sugar and it will soften up again.
Benefits of Mustard:
Mustard contains oils (allyl-mustard oil) which stimulates the appetite and your digestive system.Therefore it is recommended that you offer mustard when serving especially greasy meats.
Source: This article was published many, many years ago in the "Für Sie" magazine and is part of my recipes collection.
Photography: Uwe Bender