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Three-Mustard Bistro Marinade

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Yields about 3 cups, enough to marinate 3 lb. food

  • by Elizabeth Karmel from Fine Cooking
    Issue 118

This marinade combines three favorite mustards with classic French ingredients—butter, white wine, and scallions. Honeycup is a brown sugar and spice mustard available nationally; if you can’t find it, substitute a honey mustard. Use for steak, pork, lamb, chicken, fish (especially salmon), or vegetables (especially mushrooms and potatoes).

  • 1 8-oz. jar Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup Honeycup mustard
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 4 or 5 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts chopped
  • Fine sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon, grainy mustard, Honeycup mustard, and white wine.

Melt the butter in a 3-quart nonreactive saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the mustard mixture, scallions, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper and heat, whisking, until the sauce has emulsified. Cool completely before using.

Make Ahead Tips

The marinade will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per 1 Tbs.; Calories (kcal): 35; Fat (g): 2.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 20; Saturated Fat (g): 1; Protein (g): 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): 2; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 220; Cholesterol (mg): 5; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Excellent marinade. Made 1/2 recipe for 1.3 lbs boneless chicken breast. Substituted honey dijon for honeycup and added a small amount of honey-just enough to balance flavor, not enough to burn! The mustard flavor really penetrated the chicken. Will try with pork or bone in chicken, and maybe add some herbs (thyme and/or rosemary).

I'd never tried a mustard marinade before, but this looked good so I tried it. When I first tasted the marinade, I was a little scared as it was pretty mustard-y, but I let the flavors meld a few hours before marinading. We used salmon, as suggested. Baked @ 400 degrees instead of grilling. WOW! We're we suprised! This was excellent, and the mustard flavors compliment the salmon perfectly. We'll be doing this one again. I'm going to try it on chicken as well!

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