Okay, we all know mustard is great on top of burgers, brats and sandwiches, but did you know there are so many other things you can do with mustard? Mustard is one of nature’s great emulsifiers, meaning that it helps join together water and oil in one seamless blend. This means that you can use it to make sauces, dressings and seasonings that bring together lots of different flavors into one delicious package. Check out our top six uses for mustard and let us know in the comments what you like to do with mustard!
#6 Ham Glaze
You may like to eat mustard with your ham, but have you ever glazed your ham with mustard? You can easily make a sweet glaze for your ham by combining just a few ingredients. Follow our Honey Mustard Ham Glaze recipe to mix together Dijon mustard, honey, and brown sugar and turn it into a glaze. Bake your ham as normal, and then brush it with this glaze and turn up the heat to make for a sweet outer layer of flavor!
#5 Honey Mustard Dressing
Bring a sweet and tangy dressing to your favorite salad with a honey mustard dressing! It’s easy to quickly whip up a delicious honey mustard dressing at home. Check out our Grilled Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette recipe to see how you can make a fresh batch in your own kitchen.
#4 Season Your Lamb with Mustard
You may not realize this, but mustard is FABULOUS with lamb. Lamb needs bold, assertive flavors to complement the richly flavored meat, and mustard is a perfect accompaniment. There are all sorts of ways to combine mustard and lamb from braising shanks in a mustard sauce, to glazing chops with a mustard sauce, but one of my favorite (and most impressive to serve) recipes is our Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe that you see pictured above. Give it a try!
#3 Use Mustard to Make a Steak Topper
At Lake Geneva Country Meats, we firmly believe our Leahy’s Angus Beef steaks stand on their own as perfectly delicious and ready to eat without any additions. That said, it can be fun to fancy up a steak with a topping or sauce. Mustard is wonderful with beef – just ask the English! Use mustard to help a Bleu Cheese or a Garlic Parmesan steak topping stick to the steak. Both toppings are delicious ways to take and make a meal extra special.
#2 BBQ Rub
I kid you not, this is one of the most amazing discoveries of my life – rubbing your BBQ with mustard before seasoning the meat turns your flavor up to 11. Whether you are smoking a brisket, ribs or a pork shoulder, rubbing the meat with plain old yellow mustard, then seasoning it with your favorite dry rub does two wonderful things. First, it will help the seasoning adhere to the meat more evenly and not fall off while smoking. Second, the mustard helps develop a smoky and delightful “bark” of flavor on the outside of your meat. I no longer smoke meat without first rubbing it with mustard. Check out our Big Green Egg Smoked Brisket recipe for some tips on smoking!
#1 Put it on Brats, Burgers, and Sandwiches!
While there are all sorts of great uses for mustard, putting it on top of bratwursts, burgers and sandwiches is still probably the best use for it! There are so many different options – Yellow, Honey Mustard, Dijon, Spicy Brown, Whole Grain – that no matter what flavors you like, there’s a mustard for you. Do as the Germans do and heap it on your bratwurst, top it with some ‘kraut and enjoy!
Thanks for reading our “Top Six Uses for Mustard.” We didn’t even mention some great uses like dipping pretzels in mustard. What are your favorite mustard tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!