With the many grilling holidays that we have gone through and survived these past few months, a yummy yet overwhelming collection of mustard has taken over our pantries. The good thing in our house is that we love mustard so it WILL get used but for families that don’t eat sandwiches everyday, this may be a bit of a problem. Solution? Use more of it in your cooking!
One of our favorite meals now is Ms. Paula Deen’s mustard thyme catfish. Catfish is quite inexpensive and to pair it with the free mustard and dried thyme that is just sitting in our pantry is like a dream! While Paula uses yellow mustard, we use brown mustard to give it a spicier flavor. Aren’t a catfish fan? Try it with tilapia, whiting, flounder…..any white fish that tickles your fancy. Don’t like fish at all? Use chicken breast!
Speaking of chicken breast, I’ve used chicken breast strips and mustard to create a yummy, no-fry, chicken tender. Slice up some chicken breasts(or use those ridiculously expensive tenders) and let them marinate in half a cup of mustard and 2 tablespoons of honey. Use some tongs to toss the chicken and make sure that they are all covered. Let sit overnight(or as long as you can). Once you’re ready to cook, dip the pieces in bread crumbs (or crumbled up rice cereal for a real crunch), spray the tops with a cooking oil spray, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. This is a good meal to double for you moms out there…..you can let the second batch cool and then freeze them for a quick meal another night. Its like eating tenders with the honey mustard sauce already inside! Yum!
Looking for something even easier? Using your favorite fish or boneless chicken, baste the meat with spicy mustard and pan sear right on the stove. I did this last night with some salmon fillets we had in the freezer and it was delightful. I sprinkled a little salt and pepper on the fish first and then basted it. Look how lovely they came out: Don’t they look heavenly? Even my starch-itarian 3 year old gobbled his up. It took me all of 5 minutes to make. Now go forth and conquer that mustard!