Barry Levenson, curator of the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, in Wisconsin, suggests the following combinations.

By Kate Merker
Updated April 19, 2005
Credit: Alison Gootee
  • Yellow mustard belongs on a hot dog. "It creates the true American food image―it's visual poetry," Levenson says. It can also be used on mild deli meats.
  • Honey mustard goes with salty snack foods, like pretzels. "Salt, sweet, and heat is a magical combination of contrasts," says Levenson. Honey mustard is also great with smoked products. The sweetness and tang complement the smoke and the salt.
  • Dijon mustard is just right in vinaigrettes and sauces. It adds bite but does not overpower. Varieties with a big kick pair well with red meats.
  • Deli-style mustard is the best match for corned beef and pastrami as well as other cold cuts, cheeses, pâtés, and spicy sausages. The heat cuts the fat, and the slight graininess provides textural contrast.