We taste-tested dozens of mustards from the grocery store to find our favorites.
BEST DIJON: Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
Grey Poupon turns out gourmet mustard that, one taster noted, would "class up a boring turkey sandwich." Almost custardlike, this smooth mix of mustard seeds, white wine and vinegar, inspired by the original recipe from Dijon, France, has a well-balanced taste.
Try it in: Mustard-Crusted Salmon »
BEST DELI: Hellmann's Deli Mustard
Some mustards confuse "grainy" with "gritty." Not Hellman's. This hearty deli brown "has just enough texture to satisfy," said one taster. Our panel also raved about the slightly sweet and mildly spicy flavor combo, courtesy of horseradish and mustard seeds.
Try it in: Buffalo Club Sandwiches »
BEST BALLPARK: Raye's Mustard Top Dog
Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport, Maine, hit a home run with this "grown-up" winner with a "complex kick" of chili powder. Unlike its too-vinegary competitors, Raye's uses an old-school cold-grinding technique that preserves the intense flavor. (at select grocery stores)
Try it in: Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs »
BEST HONEY: Honeycup Uniquely Sharp Mustard
At first sight, this looks a helluva lot like caramel. Glossy, goopy and golden-brown, it opens with a "molasseslike sweetness" and "finishes with a kick" from cider vinegar. Try it as a dip for soft pretzels, with salty country ham, or straight out of the jar.
Try it in: Halibut with Barbecue Tomato Sauce and Honey Mustard Polenta »
BEST HOT: Silver Spring Beer'n Brat Horseradish Mustard
If juicy brats and spicy mustard are best friends, this "addictively spicy" mustard makes them BFFs. Capable of cutting through the fattiest meats, it screams with "clean, fresh horseradish" grated straight from the root.
Try it in: Hot Mustard Wings »
BEST ODDBALL: Inglehoffer Creamy Dill Mustard with Capers
Fragrant, with herbal hints (thanks to dill) as well as pickled capers and lemon, this silky mustard "hit the tangy spot." Tasters said they'd use it to add zing to potato salad or balance rich smoked salmon.
Try it in: Salmon Burgers with Dill Mustard »
By Dina Cheney | Photography by Kate Sears
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