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5 Ways to Use Grainy Mustard to Make Any Dish Pop

published Oct 21, 2016
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When it comes to mustard, the Germans have it right — keep several different types handy, and use it often. One of our favorites to always have at the ready is a jar of grainy mustard. Yes, it’s lovely spread on sandwiches and a must-have for sausage, but this tangy condiment can be the surprise addition that can bring almost any dish to life.

1. Pair it with eggs.

A swipe of grainy mustard is the finishing touch you might not have realized your egg sandwich was craving. It adds a punch of tangy flavor to eggs and balances out the richness of salty meats and cheeses.

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2. Finish off a pan sauce.

Made with the pan drippings from cooked meat like steak and pork chops, a pan sauce is a masterful finishing trick for the home cook. Next time you’re making a pan sauce, include a spoonful of grainy mustard in place of the vinegar to inject even more flavor into almost any pan sauce.

3. Balance rich and fatty ingredients.

The acidity of grainy mustard makes it a perfect pairing for rich and fatty ingredients. It’s why it’s so often served with sausage. Try a spread of mustard on your grilled cheese sandwich or stir a spoonful into a rich and luxurious cream sauce to give it some bite.

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4. A fast and fancy upgrade for veggies.

Consider grainy mustard the instant upgrade to transform mild-mannered steamed and sautéed veggies into a side dish that feels a little fancy. Want to balance the mustard’s spicy tang? Try pairing it with a little bit of honey.

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5. A simple boost for casseroles.

From savory breakfast casseroles to mac and cheese to shepherd’s pie, just a spoonful of grainy mustard brings a bright zing that livens up the flavor of these comforting meals.

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