5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Mustard

George T. French introduced the classic French’s yellow mustard in 1904 believing Americans would prefer a milder mustard than the darker and spicier ones available to them at the time. It caught on in a big way and soon became the dominant brand in the U.S. — so big that it is generally known as “American mustard” in the rest of the world.

Speaking for myself, I didn’t much care for any mustard as a kid and for many years, even if I did add mustard to a hotdog, anything beyond French’s was a mustard too far. When my tastebuds finally matured, adding spice to my life became a life-changing culinary concept.

As the name implies, honey mustard is a blend of mustard and honey, which typically results in a mustard that’s full of warm spices rounded with sweetness. It’s great in a lot of different contexts, but it really pops when cooking with it. Because of its sugar content, it caramelizes beautifully, and deepens the flavor of whatever it touches.

Along our culinary journey, we’ve discovered easy ways of using mustard to add just a bit of extra spice to our lives. Here are five of our favorites.

Add it to a cheese and charcuterie board. The sweet bite of honey mustard goes so well with cheese — especially classic cheddar and creamy, buttery cheeses like Brie and Camembert, and spicy beer mustard is the perfect accompaniment to your Genoa salami, Italian dry salami, peppered salami, prosciutto or whatever you have.

Spice up chicken, pork or salmon. Do the work of a whole recipe of spices by simply brushing your chicken pork or salmon with honey mustard before and during baking or grilling. That’s the easy way. If you want to look into more complex recipes, check out our web page.

Toss with roasted vegetables. We’re roasting a lot more vegetables these days and we’ve found if we add a dollop of Honey Mustard or Spicy Beer Mustard when we toss it in the olive oil, salt and pepper it lends a pleasing depth of flavor without a bunch of other spices.

Make a fresh vinaigrette. Anybody can pour dressing out of a bottle, but for a fresh, made-from-scratch alternative try a honey mustard vinaigrette. There are a lot of recipes online, but the basics are easy: combine honey mustard with Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. As with a lot of recipes, specific ingredients and amounts vary a little bit, but experimentation is half the fun.

Take it for a dip. One of our favorite sauces for dipping anything from steamed broccoli to chicken tenders is equal amounts of a Buzz Savories Honey Mustard and mayo or plain Greek yogurt. Easy and yummy.

Once you get the habit, you’ll find lots of other ways to add a delicious depth of flavor with Buzz Savories Honey Mustard, Spicy Beer Mustard and artisanal Honey.

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