Mostarda: It's the New Chutney
And just what your Thanksgiving turkey's been missing
Mostarda is a sweet, piquant Italian condiment made by simmering fruit in syrup spiced with mustard essential oil. Until now, this pungent preserve hasn't been seen much outside of northern Italy. But we're aiming to change all that, beginning with the most American of meals, Thanksgiving dinner. Let's take it course by course:
For a quick, beautiful appetizer, make crostini topped with Gorgonzola and glossy Fig Mostarda (photo inspiration at right) or skip the crostini and enjoy mostarda with a selection of cheeses.
• The Bird
• Vegetable Sides
Toss Fig Mostarda with roasted potatoes or mix with mashed sweet potato.
Top slices of cheesecake with Mixed Fruit Mostarda to give your palate a little punch at the end of the meal.
• Next Day Brunch
Make French toast topped with mascarpone and Clementine Mostarda. Serve with bacon or sausages.
Shop for Chefs at the Holiday Store
Did you know? A whole section of our Holiday Store is devoted to great gifts and unique ingredients for people who love to cook. Come explore the goodies, including:
From famed balsamic producer Acetaia Leonardi, this elegant box contains a cruet of aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP. It's thick and syrupy, with notes of caramel and dried cherry — perfect to pair with Parmigano-Reggiano for a fabulous gift.
This balsamic "caviar" looks gorgeous on the plate and bursts in the mouth. Sprinkled over salads, roasted meat, even cocktails, the pearls add a chic touch of color and texture to your holiday meals.
We've just received a shipment of Mariage Frères teas, including the popular Esprit de Noël, which evokes the holiday season with warm aromas of dried orange peel, cinnamon and cloves. This spiced holiday tea sells out fast, so place your order now!