Mustard is typically gluten-free, but like all condiments, it’s a good rule of thumb to check the label – especially on specialty items. Recently, we were contacted by Rose City Delicacies, who wanted to spread the word that their creamy gourmet mustards are now certified gluten-free.
Far from standard yellow or Dijon, each mustard in the City of Roses line incorporates a wine or spirit: Gran Marnier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka. The mustards are made in Oregon, and staying true to its roots, the company uses wine and vodka made in the state.
Our samples arrived just before St. Patrick’s Day, so it seemed fitting to try them out on corned beef and cabbage. My aunts and uncles even got involved in the taste test.
Overall, the Pinot Noir flavor paired best with the corned beef. It was sweet, with just a touch of pucker from the wine. The Pepper Vodka flavor was a close second, with a slight kick that I enjoyed, but my uncle found too intense. The Pinot Gris mustard was sweeter than the Pinot Noir, and the Gran Marnier was the sweetest of all. While the two sweeter varieties didn’t pair as well with the corned beef, they would be excellent in a Waldorf salad or with turkey and dried cranberries in a lettuce wrap.
I noticed that the mustards have a texture close to mayonnaise or Hollandaise sauce. Sure enough, eggs are the first ingredient. The eggs help the mustards stay creamy and thick, which makes them ideal for potato or egg salad. That also means you’ll need a knife or small spoon in order to scoop and spread the mustard (no squeeze bottles here).
I don’t think we’ll see City of Roses Creamy Gourmet Mustards at a hotdog stand anytime soon, but I do think these would be a nice addition to liven up everyday meals. Better yet, add it to a basket with gluten-free crackers and wine for a special celiac-friendly gift.
To order City of Roses Mustards or find a retailer near you, visit www.rosecitydelicacies.com.