While regular mustard in America tends to lean towards the ballpark bright yellow variety, stone ground mustard is its older, more sophisticated sibling. The chunky stone ground mustard offers much of the same flavor but is made from whole mustard seeds, while yellow mustard is made from milder finely ground mustard seeds.
Classic yellow mustard is a creamy, loose and spreadable condiment that is most notable for its association with hot dogs and sandwiches. Getting its vibrant yellow color from the finely ground mustard and turmeric, yellow mustard is tart, salty and mild in flavor, making it perfect for flavoring countless dishes. It is often referred to as the ballpark mustard or simply regular mustard.
Stone Ground Mustard
Stone ground mustard is mustard made from whole seeds and then ground coarsely so that pieces of the seeds remain in the mustard. Stone ground mustard can be made in a variety of styles, including brown mustard and Dijon mustard, and can range from mild to spicy and tart. Stone ground mustard typically has a stronger flavor than classic yellow mustard and is used to dress up dishes with meat and vegetables.
Regular Mustard Uses
Use regular mustard for dishes other than sandwiches and hot dogs. A prominent component in deviled eggs, potato salad and ham glazes, classic mustard is useful to have on hand for flavoring many American comfort foods.
Stone Ground Mustards
Stone ground mustard can be used in any recipe where regular mustard is called for, including as a sandwich spread or cream dressing component. However, the texture will be noticeably coarser, and depending on the type of stone ground mustard, the flavor may be much stronger. Use stone ground mustard to flavor soups, stews and homemade croutons. Mix stone ground mustard with other seasonings for a tangy rub to season meats, including beef, pork, chicken and lamb.
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