Great Dijon Mustard

If you really like to cook, one of the most important ingredients in the fridge is authentic Dijon mustard.  If you are thinking of Grey Poupon, that is fine, but it’s made for the masses…the American palate.

Authentic Dijon mustard comes in 2 styles…regular and grainy (still containing the mustard seeds). The ingredient list for Dijon mustard is short…mustard seeds, white wine, and salt.

There are hundreds of different mustards out there, but as a purist (and also 1/2 French) Dijon is the way to go. The flavors can be strong, and when tears start to form, and your nose runs, you know you found the right product.  The mustard should also be super fresh, which can be a challenge sometimes.

AmoraFallotPommeryRoland

Perhaps my favorite brand is Amora “Fine et Fort”.  Is there a café in Paris that doesn’t serve this at every table?  I think not.  It can be hard to find, as it may only be available in super specialty food stores, or on-line.  The best source on-line that I have found for Amora is frenchybee.com.  Order the 15.5 oz. pots, and if you spend over $49.00 the shipping is free.  I order 8 pots at a time.

Understand that mustard ages more quickly in small pots, and therefore should be used promptly.

Other good brands, if they can be found fresh are Roland “Extra Strong”, Fallot, and Maille (Found at the supermarket), and Pommery “Whole Grain”.  Also check out sources like Amazon.com.

Beware of the flavored Dijon mustards, as their flavors tent to fade and turn old quickly.  (Tarragon, Peppercorn, etc…)

NOW…for one of the best uses of a fine Dijon mustard is a Classic Vinaigrette.

2 tbs. Dijon mustard, 3 tbs. red wine vinegar, 6-8 tbs. oil, salt & pepper to taste.

Add mustard and vinegar into a bowl and mix.  Slowly add the oil.  Mix well.  Obviously, the amounts can be adjusted to taste, as well as the type of oil and vinegar you use.  Perhaps substitute a nut oil (walnut or hazelnut), or a rich and healthy olive oil.  Use rice wine vinegar to add lightness and a tart sweetness.  Add fresh chopped tarragon, or other fresh herbs.

Enjoy one of France’s great gifts.

2 thoughts on “Great Dijon Mustard

  1. Mark

    A comment and a question.

    The comment: so glad we agree on Amora and, of the mass markets, I would take Maille over Grey Poupon everytime. (Don’t Poupon your food. Sorry.) However, at the risk of being chauvinistic, I have to put in a word for ‘English mustard’ and specifically — perhaps because I’m just outside Norwich — for Colmans. Buy the powder and mix your own for freshness/flavour. Quite different from Dijon, but for sausages, steaks, roast beef, and for enriching a gravy for lamb or game (married up with a dollop of red currant jelly) it is sublime.

    But that’s not why I’m here…! A quick question. I am making a dessert for a wine dinner — essentially a torte made with ground almonds, no flour, flavoured with orange zest and with a layer of marzipan (scented with orange flower water) running through the middle. Predictably enough, my beloved is more concerned about the wine that will go with the dessert, so I am looking for an interesting pairing. My thoughts turned to immediately to Essensia, but I’ve served that to the same group before, so a suggestion for something different, the more offbeat the better, would be greatly appreciated. (Is this the right place for questions? So nice to be able to still ask your advice, Charles, from so far away.)

    Mark.

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  2. CFWine Post author

    Hi Mark, And you don’t make your living creating massively yummy things in the kitchen…why???
    As I was reading, the first thing that came to mind too was Quady Essencia. What else comes to mind is Muscat Beaumes de Venise from the Rhone Valley. Nicely sweet, good acidity and notes of citrus. A little goes a long way, as it can sometimes present a nice viscosity. The other thought would be Italy’s Vin Santo. Traditionally enjoyed, very chilled, in small (or larger if you prefer) glasses, by dipping in almond biscotti. Even my French side drools at the thought of this. Either of these wines would be a hit with your almond/orange tart. I hope this works. Great to hear from you!!!

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