Making Dijon Mustard

Dijon mustard has a bolder, more pungent flavor than its yellow mustard counterparts. The main ingredient is vinegar, wine or, in some cases, freshly squeezed grape juice.

Dijon mustard recipes also tend to use the darker mustard seeds, which offer the strongest flavor. Mustard seeds can be white, yellow, brown, gray or black. Additional flavors that are added include cloves and cinnamon.

While it make take months of experimentation in order to find the tangy blend that's right for you, the process of actually making Dijon mustard is relatively easy. Simply grind the mustard seeds, and start adding ingredients. If you're in a hurry, use dry mustard.

Dijon Mustard Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 ½ cups dry mustard powder
½ cup water
1 tablespoon crushed mustard seeds
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup onion, minced
?" cup fresh grape juice or wine vinegar
1 ½ cups white wine
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon allspice

Stir the water and powdered mustard together until the mustard is devoid of lumps. Put the mustard seeds, garlic and onion through a coffee grinder. Mix the vinegar, wine and all remaining ingredients together, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until reduced by half.

For a super-fine, pasty-smooth mustard, strain the end product. Pour the mustard into small sterilized jars, and store in the refrigerator for up to several months.

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