Fresh Cranberry Mustard with Warm Winter Spices and Dark Ale
Yield: A little over 2 cups
The combination of cranberries and dark ale in this sweet and zingy mustard works with so many chilly-weather dishes; everything from potato leek soup and braised leafy greens to roasted chicken and local sausages. I love to mix it with a little extra maple syrup and brush it on holiday ham for a tangy glaze.
- 1 cup yellow mustard seeds Add to list
- 1/2 cup dark winter ale (I love the Fremont Abominable Winter Ale for this!) Add to list
- 1 cup red wine vinegar (or your favorite) Add to list
- 1/4 cup water Add to list
- 2 teaspoons salt Add to list
- 1/2 cinnamon stick, crushed (or substitute 1 teaspoon ground) Add to list
- 6 to 7 whole cloves (or substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground) Add to list
- 6 to 7 whole allspice berries (or substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground) Add to list
- 2/3 cup fresh organic cranberries Add to list
- 1/2 cup maple syrup Add to list
Soak the mustard seeds with the ale, vinegar, water and salt for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.
If you are using whole spices, grind them in a spice grinder.
In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup and ground spices. Bring to a simmer and cook until the cranberries pop open and soften. Cool slightly.
Place the soaked mustard seeds with all of their liquid in the bowl of a food processor and add the cranberry-maple mixture. Blend until thickened and the seeds are coarsely ground, about 2 minutes. It's OK of you still have some whole seeds; they add lovely texture!
Transfer the mustard to small, sterilized jars and store in your refrigerator for up to 2 months. The mustard will be quite spicy at first but will mellow after a couple of days.
You may preserve the mustard according to the directions included with the canning jars.
Recipe by, PCC Cooks instructor
Source: Fremont Abominable Winter Ale
ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea
Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.
Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.
She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.
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