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Sauces and Condiments, Vegetarian

Roman mustard

Roman mustard
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Lately, I've been on a homemade mustard kick. Think mustard, and your thoughts might veer first toward the bright yellow stuff in a squeeze bottle. Or maybe you prefer something a little less mild, as you reach for your favorite ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes, plus 1 1/2 to 2 days soaking time for the mustard seeds | Makes about 2 1/2 cups mustard
  • About 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (5 ounces) brown mustard seed
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened red grape juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons very coarse salt, such as Maldon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, finely ground
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) flaked almonds
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (1 1/2 ounces) untoasted pine nuts

Step 1Soak the mustard seeds: Place the mustard seeds in a medium glass or ceramic bowl along with the vinegar and grape juice. Mix in the salt and cumin seeds. Set aside, covered (but not sealed airtight), for 36 to 48 hours.

Step 2Place the mixture in a food processor and process for 1 to 2 minutes until the seeds are coarsely ground. Add the almonds and pine nuts and pulse a few times just until the nuts are completely broken up, careful not to over-process.

Note: Adapted from "The Mustard Book" by Rosamond Man and Robin Weir.

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