Thread Tools
Old 01-01-2011, 02:00 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: City of Angels
Posts: 14,849
Dry mustard in Mac & Cheese - Why?

I keep seeing dry mustard as an ingredient in mac & cheese.

Since it tastes pretty bad directly, what is it that it adds to Mac & cheese or any other dish as an ingredient? Sharp? Spicy? Umami?
Old 01-01-2011, 02:04 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Riding my handcycle
Posts: 32,678
Besides a bit of flavor, the lecithin helps to emulsify the sauce.

That's also why some salad dressings use a bit of mustard when mixing oil and vinegar.

Last edited by running coach; 01-01-2011 at 02:05 PM.
Old 01-01-2011, 02:52 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Flavortown
Posts: 34,324
We also add a small amount of nutmeg. Anybody else?
Old 01-01-2011, 02:56 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 7,713
It adds sharpness. Most commercial cheese is rather dull these days, and the dry mustard helps brings that sharp element back to the dish. I'm not really sure which part of Mac & Cheese would need help emulsifying, though.
Old 01-01-2011, 03:01 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Wilds of WV
Posts: 10,652
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fear Itself View Post
We also add a small amount of nutmeg. Anybody else?
FWIW, I don't put dry mustard in my mac and cheese, but just about anything that is white-sauce based, including mac and cheese, gets a pinch of nutmeg. Seems to deepen the flavor. My hubby saw me putting nutmeg in the creamed spinach on Thanksgiving, and said "Why in the hell would you put nutmeg in spinach??"

He just doesn't get it.
Old 01-01-2011, 03:11 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Wakayama, Japan
Posts: 3,177
FWIW, I don't use dry mustard in my mac & cheese since the only thing I can find around here is karashi and I'm not sure how that would taste. I've never noticed any significant difference in the flavor.
Old 01-01-2011, 03:22 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Riding my handcycle
Posts: 32,678
Quote:
Originally Posted by norinew View Post
FWIW, My hubby saw me putting nutmeg in the creamed spinach on Thanksgiving, and said "Why in the hell would you put nutmeg in spinach??"

He just doesn't get it.
Why would you want to ruin perfectly good nutmeg?










Old 01-01-2011, 03:31 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Wilds of WV
Posts: 10,652
Quote:
Originally Posted by runner pat View Post
Why would you want to ruin perfectly good nutmeg?










Hey, no need to tell me, friend! I don't even like creamed spinach. I was making it because he likes it! When I told him I've always put nutmeg in his creamed spinach, he was all like



Didn't keep him from eating all of it, though.

A bit of nutmeg is a small price to pay for a happy marriage!
Old 01-01-2011, 03:38 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Upper left hand corner
Posts: 4,541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fear Itself View Post
We also add a small amount of nutmeg. Anybody else?
Yep, and a bit of cayenne - I skip the mustard.
Old 01-01-2011, 05:13 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 38,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by norinew View Post
FWIW, I don't put dry mustard in my mac and cheese, but just about anything that is white-sauce based, including mac and cheese, gets a pinch of nutmeg. Seems to deepen the flavor. My hubby saw me putting nutmeg in the creamed spinach on Thanksgiving, and said "Why in the hell would you put nutmeg in spinach??"

He just doesn't get it.
This is a good thing. We used to make pasta with a smoked salmon white sauce sauce. Just a bit of ground nutmeg made the dish.
Old 01-01-2011, 06:06 PM
Just Lovely and Delicious
Charter Member
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Northeast Ohio
Posts: 23,772
I just made a casserole today from eggs, sausage, bread, milk and cheese and it called for dry mustard. I thought the same thing as the OP... "mustard?"

Didn't taste the mustard one bit, fwiw.
Old 01-01-2011, 06:12 PM
Member
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 6,602
I put dry mustard in my meatloaf, and while it doesn't make it taste mustardy, we sure miss it when I forget. And another meatloaf-y type thing I make, which is basically meatloaf inside a loaf or French bread ( and called, amazingly, Burger Loafer) has nutmeg. Definitely not as good without it.
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:37 AM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: scotts vs trugreen is hispanic capitalized wingette chicken catholic school punishments superman riddles bent fingernail dog's anus swollen realistic historical fiction scale body armor hebe jew older women braless flintlock pistol weight robert crumb racist is gallium dangerous estaban guitars 3.5 psion handbook gloria inexcelsis most powerful monarch eating glycerin jesus short gomez addams ramstein amerika beaver college iterative quicksort mac jokes general tso pronounced reheating fish wwii trenches wind mariah pronounce vauxhall se7en lust scene urinating on wounds walmart alarm goes off ambien show on drug test how much does a vending machine cost to rent is home depot open new year's day how much money can fit in a briefcase carrom maze board for sale why do i feel nauseous when i have to poop why does my cat love me fallout 3 starting tips hershey chocolate bar size cost to update garmin military prison vs civilian prison how to do the vulcan salute call the police ren stimpy hematocrit home test kit how do we know dinosaurs were reptiles what the hell is a hoosier personalized license plate ideas for convertibles patternless crossword puzzles sun times difference between maine lobster and canadian lobster buddy hackett wax job longer second toe royalty greek yogurt with fruit on side "see you in the funny papers" millennium station to union station why are streets always wet in movies what is a hoss do euros use commas instead of decimals southern comfort eggnog recipe how do car jacks work why does the us do so well in the olympics is water from a dehumidifier distilled silver cup for baby tradition