It’s National Mustard Day! Gather some salami, pickles, and a couple of wedges and party with these savory shmears.
When you’re reaching for a savory shmear to accompany your cheese, nothing cuts those fatty flavors quite like mustard. We love the classic dijon, but there’s a whole world out there beyond the Grey Poupon. When it comes to mixing mustard with cheese, these five spreads are the best of the best.
Edmond Fallot Walnut Dijon Mustard
From Burgundy, France, Fallot Walnut Dijon Mustard is a transcendent addition to any cheese board. Walnut adds a creamy, earthy, nuttiness that fans have referred to as “magic”—it goes far beyond the expected flavor profile of its headlining ingredients. Tart and pungent, put a little dab of this dijon on your next grilled Gruyère sandwich.
La Cicogna Mostarda Fichi
Fruit and mustards are a no-brainer when it comes to cheese pairings, but the fig mustard from La Cicogna of Lombardia, Italy takes it to a whole new level. Its sweet and savory bits of candied fig pair well with equally piquant cheeses like Gorgonzola, pungent washies like Oma, or lighter, fresh cheeses like buffalo mozzarella.
Anarchy in a Jar Herb Mustard
With fresh tarragon, garlic, and tangy malt vinegar, Anarchy In a Jar’s Herb Mustard is a welcome addition to the Brooklyn kitchen’s lineup of jams, marmalades, and specialty mustards. We love it with Bellamy Blue from Sequatchie Cove in Tennessee.
Moutarde de Meaux Pommery
Uncork a crock of this French spread and you’ll be greeted by a whole lot of texture and history. “Served at the tables of French kings since 1632,” Moutarde de Meaux Pommery has followed the same secret recipe since 1760. This classic spread could make a mustard lover out of any skeptic with its perfect balance of vinegar-y, not-too-sweet, and not-too-spicy flavors. Stir some into your next mac and cheese or enjoy with some Brie de Meaux.
American Spoon Whole Seed Mustard
Absolutely packed with plump, whole black and yellow mustard seeds and bathed in sparkling white wine from Michigan, American Spoon’s Whole Seed Mustard has a toothsome texture that is sure to please. Pair these spicy little pearls with nutty, butterscotchy Chällerhocker from Switzerland.