This Italian-style fruit mustard is made with fresh cherries and Dijon mustard. It’s delicious in sandwiches, salad dressings and so much more!
Cherries are the “it” fruit in summer.
I know you could easily just kick back on a hammock and eat a bowlful of them on a nice day, but why not jazz up your life a little and make a cherry mostarda?
Making condiment sauces with seasonal, ripe fruit can a creative way to use up what doesn’t get eaten straight out of the fridge.
Fresh fruit mustards taste so much better than the usual mustard or ketchup you can buy and squeeze out of a plastic bottle.
What is mostarda?
Mostarda is a type of Italian condiment made with fruit and mustard. It’s tangy and sweet, kind of like a zesty ketchup.
This recipe is a riff on a traditional Italian condiment, mostarda di frutta, which is a sweet-hot-tangy preserve.
Most versions of a mostarda, like Mostarda di Cremona, tend to consist of whole pieces of fruit in a mustard and vinegar-laced sugar syrup, served with meats in northern regions of Italy like Tuscany and Piedmont.
My recipe is very much inspired by Madeleine Kamman, the amazing French cooking teacher and food scholar.
Her book In Madeleine’s Kitchen includes some recipes for “Italian-style fruit puree mustards”.
Here are some ideas for using your homemade Cherry Mostarda:
(Because believe me, after pitting a few pounds of cherries you will not want to waste a bit!)
- Use cherry mostarda in place of Dijon mustard in a salad dressing to make a cherry vinaigrette.
- Spread a charcoal-grilled burger with mostarda – I seasoned chicken burgers with fennel and fresh rosemary and topped them with goat cheese and mostarda. Yum.
- Glaze a pork tenderloin or some chicken wings with mostarda.
- Put some on a ham sandwich.
- Serve on a cheese tray, with crackers and fruit
- 1 pound (450 g) sweet cherries, pitted
- 1/3 cup (75 g) sugar
- 1/3 cup (75 ml) balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) full-bodied red wine, such as zinfandel or malbec
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Dijon mustard
- Combine everything except the Dijon in a small, heavy saucepan. Bring to a simmer then lower heat and cook until reduced to a thick puree with the consistency of ketchup, about 1 hour over low heat. Stir in the Dijon off the heat and season if needed.
- Crush the cherries with a potato masher or pulse in a blender or food processor if you prefer a smoother texture.
- Keep in a covered jar in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.