By Rob Corliss
January 8, 2023
Mustard is a menu development dynamo, bolstered by four key attributes:
- Its bright pungent flavor profile is well-positioned to complement today’s discerning tastes, with assertive tang and hits of savory spice.
- Mustard’s varying texture plays of smooth, coarse crushed mustard seeds and chunky (with inclusions) provide chefs with flavorful development alternatives.
- Mustard’s versatility across all dayparts and most areas of the menu makes it a must-have SKU.
- Its impactful ability to elevate big flavor with only a small amount of product equates to menu cost efficiencies.
Mustard works beautifully as a complementary background note or prominent flavor callout. Here are five applications to spark ideas for culinary development:
- Whole-grain mustard-crusted roasted pork loin rolled in fresh herbs and crushed pretzels
- Yellow mustard-hot paprika-rubbed, smoked bone-in chicken thighs
- Pale ale-mustard-orange-sumac-marinated grilled lamb loin kebabs
- Maple mustard-black truffle-marinated grilled salmon fillet
- Fresh green bean casserole with maitake mushroom-brown mustard-cream sauce and fried onion strings
- Bourbon-mustard-glazed roasted butternut squash with cranberries
- Prosciutto, shaved ricotta salata and apricot mostarda bocadillo
- Fried chicken breast sandwich with Dijon mustard-dill aioli
- Chinese hot mustard, vegetable oil, rice vinegar, plum purée, tahini and ginger
- Dijon mustard, vegetable oil, cider vinegar, carrot juice, mango purée, honey and cumin
From the 2023 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & The Menu, for chefs and menu developers. Read full issue online.