Spicy Beer Mustard

Spicy Beer Mustard
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

This versatile and addictive condiment goes well with a variety of grilled meats, but pairs especially well with chef Anthony Meidenbauer's bratwurst. This recipe has been scaled down for use at home.

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Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ yellow onion, minced
  • ½ green jalapeño, minced
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar
  • 3 ounces dark beer
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 2 cups yellow mustard
  • 1 cup dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons for slurry
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and jalapeño, and lightly sweat them. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and beer, and allow it to reduce by half over medium heat. Add all the mustard seeds and mustard powder and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the yellow mustard, dijon mustard, sugar, honey, and 1 cup of water, and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes, until the flavors have melded.

Transfer the mixture to a blender. (Be careful since hot liquids expand when blended.) Blend the mixture to a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix the cornstarch and remaining water together to form a slurry. Blend in the slurry until the desired consistency is achieved. Transfer to a container, and once cooled, refrigerate.

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Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Mustard Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.