Monday, January 12, 2009

Spicy Guinness Mustard

As most everyone knows, Guinness is one of the 5 major food groups and should be incorporated into one’s diet as often as possible. How delightful, then, that a recipe for Guinness mustard appeared in the January issue of Saveur. When I saw the recipe and photo in all of its pungent, chocolaty glory I wanted to go frolic through a field of shamrocks on a misty day...or, at the very least, eat a corned beef sandwich with said mustard.

I’ve never considered making my own mustard before, especially since there is such good mustard out there, like Maille. But, in most cases, making homemade anything is truly satisfying and allows for impromptu gifts that the recipients will be undoubtedly appreciative of.

What I discovered in undertaking this feat is that making mustard is quite simple. All it requires is a bottle of Guinness Extra Stout (the stout adds a necessary robustness), mustard seeds, red wine vinegar, salt and spices. It took no more than 5 minutes to mix it all together and set it aside for a day or two. Then, you just give it a thorough, three minute whirl in a food processor where it becomes mustard right before your eyes. Spoon it into some jars and keep it in the fridge for up to six months.

For the recipe, click here.


Eric said...

Many thoughts. Here are some:

1. I love Maille. It is our house mustard. I usually have it five times per week.
2. In your opinion, what are the other four food groups?
3. Nice photo! Even nicer than Saveur's, I must say. Their photo has a background that contrasts with the mustard, which is nice, but the mustard itself looks gloppy and gross while yours looks delicious and perfect. Nice work!

the chef said...

1.Guinness group
2.Hellmann's group
3.Blue Diamond almond group americano group
5.Nueske's meats group or Eric Vollen's bread group

alita said...

I am so happy to be one of the lucky ones to receive a jar of this homemade goodness! Thank you! I cannot wait to try it. Do I have to share it with Aaron? I guess he is the Irish one in the house, it would only be fair!

Scott Rohr said...

Who is Alita and why did she get mustard?