With all of the great local mustards on the market today, it is difficult to choose just one. I like to say my favorite is the mustard I am enjoying at the moment. The variety of local mustards is amazing whether you are stirring it into a potato salad, whisking it into a vinaigrette, slathering it onto entrees from the grill or just rustling up an occasional hot dog. It’s time to get to know some of our Oklahoma mustard producers and their creative takes on mustard.
Seikel’s Oklahoma Gold is spreading beyond Oklahoma borders like wildfire in a prairie wind. Started only a little more than a year ago by father-son duo Paul and Steve Seikel, this silky smooth spread is in growing demand. Mustard creator and son Steve Seikel will tell you he’s been a mustard lover his whole life and started by making his own mustard for friends and family. The demand increased to the point he just jumped in to meet it.
Soon after receiving two sample jars, Tulsa grocery chain Reasor’s ordered enough to supply it in all 17 stores. As the mustard turns 1 year old, it is now distributed to restaurants and stores from Kansas City, Mo., to Dallas. It doesn’t hurt that it made the finals in the World-Wide Mustard Competition, battling thousands of entries from around the world.
“We want to coat the earth in mustard,” Steve Seikel said.
When I asked about some of his favorite recipes using mustard, he mentioned his coleslaw. The stuff is sort of summer-proof, made with a mustard vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise. He also makes a mustard potato salad and a honey-mustard ice cream. You can find this product at Pearl’s restaurants, Whole Foods Market, Uptown Grocery/Buy For Less locations, Homeland stores and many others listed on their website at www.okmustard.com.
When I first saw Mingo’s Sweet and Hot Mustard Sauce in Urban Agrarian Market, I thought Mingo must be an Oklahoma town, but the name wasn’t a town at all. “Mingo” is actually the nickname of retired Army man Bob Ming, who happens to be the producer of Mingo’s Sweet and Hot Mustard Sauce.
Ming says the inspiration for the mustard sauce came from his co-packer at S&S Foods who encouraged him after a 14-year success with his pepper butter. The sweet and hot designation describes the winning flavor combo in this saucy sweet spread.
He loves it in deviled eggs, hot dogs and especially fish. Bob simply coats fillets with Mingo Mustard Sauce and breadcrumbs then bakes them at 350 degrees for a few minutes until done. Check out the website www.mingosllc.com, where you will find locations and recipes.
You may have already enjoyed one of the Prairie Gypsies’ mustards: Chipotle Lime, Tarragon and Apricot. Debbie Leland started 16 years ago with BJ White and Claudia Goodnight. They catered first then began selling their salad dressing by popular demand out the back door as folks brought their jars by on their way home from work. They decided it was time to start bottling their Prairie Parmesan Dressing. That success was followed by some great little jellies incorporating herb and fruit combinations.
After 21/2 years helping run the Boston Tea Party Tea Room and Catering, Goodnight left for another job opportunity and eventually White went back to being an artist. This left Leland as what she calls “the last gypsy standing” to carry on with the catering operation and product sales that now included their Prairie Gypsies Mustards.
These clever little mustard blends immediately start me thinking of unique and creative ways to incorporate them into recipes, sauces and marinades. They also make a mighty good spread for a simple ham sandwich or simply slathered over meats for smoking and grilling or just roasting in the oven. We love their most popular Apricot Mustard. A number of terrific recipes to inspire your own cooking creativity can be found on their website: www.prairiegypsies.com. You will also find them recommended on www.epicurious.com as a mail order source for Southwest ingredient Chipotle Lime Mustard.
Betty Grandy and Scott Snyder began selling their Spicy Mustard Sauce in December 2012.
When asked how their sauces came about, Grandy said, “We wanted something besides barbecue sauce for glazing meat.” Their kitchen experiment began with Spicy Mustard Sauce, soon followed by Extra Spicy Mustard Sauce.
She says they are now developing all-natural “better for you” versions of their sauces as well as a new Jalapeno Mustard Sauce. Grandy and Snyder invite fans to share their recipes using the mustard sauce at snydersoutfittingsauce.com. The sauce can be ordered from their website at www.sossauces.com, where you will find a number of suggested uses for these sauces. It is also available at Snyder’s Outfitters and Supply along with Crow’s Market in Shawnee, Urban Agrarian in Oklahoma City and The Museum in Mcloud.
Ben Jack Larado Mustards began 32 years ago as Lee and Sharon Henry expanded their Rockin’ H Asparagus farm to include gourmet goods including an expanding variety of specialty mustards. They expanded over the years to includ the Big River Emporium and two bed and breakfast operations. Fred and Sue Lawhorn, who had worked for the Henrys, bought the food portion of the Big River Emporium operation in 2011 when the Henrys retired. The Lawhorns operate the operation from their farm south of Checotah.
They still produce Smoking Gun Jalapeno Mustard, Oriental Fire and Lace Hot Sweet Mustard, Hickory Canyon Smoky Jalapeno Mustard, Rojo’s Ruckus Chipotle Mustard, Blazin Chile Hot Pepper Mustard, Yellow Jack Rich and Robust Mustard, Cold Stone Garlic Mustard and Honey Desert Flower mustard.
The mustards can be ordered from their website www.benjacklarado.com. Some of the mustards are available at Native Roots in Oklahoma City. The website includes other locations and recipes using their mustards and other Ben Jack Larado goods.
Inspired to make your own mustard? Join former Grateful Bean owner Peter Schaffer at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N Rockwell Ave., from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday for Homemade Mustard from Scratch. Cost is $29. Call 717-4900 or email James Mansell at email@example.com.
Mom's Favorite Mustard Slaw
Steve Seikel’s mother makes this memorable slaw using his mustard. It is a must try and great for taking on picnics without the stress of mayo in summer heat.
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar (or more)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Texas Pete
Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 large green cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (for about 4 cups finely chopped)
1 medium carrot, peeled
•Finely chop cabbage in a food processor fitted with a metal chopping blade, running the machine in short bursts; this is a chopped, not a shredded, slaw. Work in several batches so as not to overcrowd processor bowl.
•Finely grate carrot by hand or use shredding disk of food processor.
•Add cabbage and carrot to dressing and toss to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and vinegar as necessary.
Cooking notes:The slaw tastes best served within a few hours of being made but can be covered and refrigerated a day or two. Keep the prepared cabbage and carrots refrigerated separately from the mustard mixture in plastic bags until just a short time before serving.
Seikel's Honey Mustard Ice Cream
You gotta try it to believe it.
1/4 cup honey
6 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Seikel's Oklahoma's Gold Mustard
•Chill the custard base for about 4 hours or overnight. Before adding to an ice cream machine, whisk in whole grain mustard to taste. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
Gypsies’ Chipotle Lime Mustard Glazed Salmon and Peaches
Great as an appetizer or main dish!
2 fresh peaches
1/2 cup Prairie Gypsies Chipotle Lime Mustard
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger or use 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon lime juice
•Combine the Chipotle Lime Mustard, ginger and lime. Brush (slather) each stuffed filet with the mixture and baked in a 350 degree oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon and peaches are done. Serve warm or at room temperature.
•For appetizer variation: Cut the salmon and peaches into cubes, skewer, brush with the chipotle lime mixture, bake.
Gypsies’ Roasted Pork Tenderloin
So easy and so good, perfect for company and great for making sliders.
2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins
1/2 cup The Prairie
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
•Combine The Prairie Gypsies Apricot Mustard, garlic and black pepper in a bowl. Generously spread mixture over the pork tenderloins.
•Roast, uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145 degrees. Rest 10 minutes before slicing.