Sure, you make a mean corned beef and cabbage dinner, but what do you serve with it?

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned Beef and Cabbage | Photo by Meredith

Do you serve your corned beef naked? Or, do you dress it up with a little something on the side?

Mustard is a traditional condiment served with corned beef and other large pieces of meat. But, before you reach for that squirt bottle of yellow mustard, know this: mustard comes in many exciting and flavorful forms. Here are some ideas to take your dinner to the next level.

Mustards | Photos by Rainer Zenz

First, a classic. Corned beef is often served with good ol' English mustard made right at home: Begin by pouring a bit of dry, ground mustard into a small mixing bowl. Stir in just enough water to form a paste, then stop: you're done. Set your handcrafted mustard aside for an hour or two. It'll get hotter and more potent as it sits.

That's one mustard down. How about a few more?

DIY Mustards

If you're the creative type, Alton Brown claims to have the Best Mustard Ever. Meanwhile, Chow goes rustic with Whole-Grain Dijon Mustard. Food & Wine also does beer, as in Spicy Beer Mustard.

Sunset Magazine has recipes for several mustards including Spicy Chipotle and Rosemary-Thyme Mustard. Mother Earth News has collected mustard recipes including Honey-Stout Mustard and Lime Mustard with Coriander. Any of these would make a stellar addition to your meal.

Mustards by Mail

Does fancy mustard sound good, but you'd rather buy it than make it? Consider one of the following selections from the Mustard Museum. (Yes, such a place does exist.)