We were open to suggestions on what to grow for the bees in the early days. One of my most revered beekeeping teachers told me how much bees love mustard. I added mustard to our wildflower mix and watched in amazement as the field quickly bloomed in bursts of yellow, and as the weeks passed, the yellow took over the entire area as I watched in awe. I walked away with two lessons: ask more questions about how a crop grows and how that crop will impact the flavor of the ensuing honey.
Mustard is beautiful to grow but almost invasive, making for some lousy-tasting honey.
When most people think of mustard, they think of the bright-yellow mustard usually squeezed on top of hotdogs at the ballpark or used for dipping gigantic Octoberfest pretzels. The versatility of the condiment often gets overlooked. So today, we hope to shed some light on more creative ways to use mustard in the kitchen.
Today is National Mustard Day, and why not celebrate with some of our favorite dishes inspired by the overlooked condiment?
In the purest form, mustard is made by grinding mustard seeds into a powder. The powder activates with water. What creates mustard we know today is a variety of mustard seeds mixed with liquid. We suggest taking your favorite mustard and mixing in a little of our Eastern Shore Honey to create that perfect honey mustard. Think honey and mustard for an excellent condiment. Or these recipes use whatever mustard you like! Although, we do recommend expanding your flavor profile and avoiding processed plain yellow mustard. A nice Dijon Mustard or Spicy Brown tailors these recipes to your unique taste.
We created a whole meal, from the appetizer to the main course, using mustard in some new fun ways!
Starting the night, make this yummy pretzel bites with a honey mustard dipping sauce. Perfect as finger food and great for dinner parties with kids!
Next, dress up a salad with this simple lemon honey vinaigrette. Mix your favorite greens, salad toppings, and whatever vegetables are in season. This dressing works well with fresh fruit too!
Always remember a vegetable side! These roasted carrots taste just as delicious as they look. Heirloom carrots also bring your dinner party up to the next level.
For the main course, this juicy honey mustard chicken is sure to please everyone's tastebuds. Baking a whole chicken is easier than it sounds and perfect for when you have lots of guests!
If you decide to try any of these recipes for National Mustard Day, take photos and share them with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!