I made a cheese souffle recipe that called for 1 tsp of dry mustard. I used ground mustard that was 40% yellow and 60% black.(And it wasn't fine like powder) Everything went perfectly with the souffle but the taste wasn't all that amazing. In fact, I couldn't stand eating it, perhaps because of the mustard spice I used, it just didn't taste good. I even reduced the amount of dry mustard to ~90% of 1 tsp, because I feared that its pungent taste would overcome everything else. So, now I am left wondering where did I go wrong? Is there a difference in taste with my described mustard and 100% yellow mustard? Would this difference cause such a huge taste differences?

I used Alton Brown's recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/cheese-souffle-recipe.html.

The only change I made is add a pinch of nutmeg and cayenne pepper instead of the garlic powder.

  • Maybe a dumb question, but: do you like mustard taste in principle? It is a huge variation. There are people who can eat mustard by the spoon and love it, others for whom a hint of it destroys the dish. Maybe you have a mid-to-low tolerance for mustard and the recipe is calibrated for people who like it in large amounts?
    – rumtscho
    Aug 17 '14 at 10:05
  • @rumtscho Apart from never consuming dijon mustard by a spoon!!, I don't specifically hate mustard. Its a perfect match for salads, steak, and most obviously hot dogs.
    – Jeff
    Aug 17 '14 at 17:20

Brown/black mustard seed is hotter and more intense than yellow. So, powdered mustard seed that is predominantly brown/black is going to pack quite a wallop compared to powdered yellow mustard seed. In the US, recipes calling for powdered mustard are going to expect you to use yellow. See Serious Eats for an interesting article on the subject.

  • Good answer. I expect that if he uses yellow mustard powder he would see a huge difference in his resulting dish.
    – Cindy
    Aug 17 '14 at 11:48

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