If regular honey mustard is a beloved part of your life and your condiment shelf, brace yourself for a sweet and spicy New Orleans-style party in your mouth.
Get it? Mardi Gras? Party?
I'll show myself out...
We don't tackle very many copycat recipes here at Weekday Pescatarian, but every once in awhile something comes along that requires replicating. Mostly because I live outside the country now and need to make my own fast food sauces.
Mardi Gras Mustard (one of Popeyes sauces) is great because it takes a delicious honey mustard and adds horseradish - one of my favorite flavor enhancers. I made this recipe on a recent trip back to the US when I was able to conduct a sophisticated side-by-side taste test.
I am now confident that Mardi Gras Mustard can be replicated no matter where in the world I land!
What you need to make this mardi gras dipping sauce:
- Whole grain mustard
- Spicy brown mustard
- Deli style horseradish
- Dark brown sugar
- Cajun seasoning
Full measurements and directions included in the printable recipe card below.
Step by step instructions for making Mardi Gras Mustard Sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until fully combined.
Refrigerate for a half hour. Stir and taste once the flavors blend, then adjust seasoning. Depending on your cajun seasoning brand, you may want to add a little bit more spice or salt. Same with the horseradish, which can vary widely in heat level, from hot horseradish to prepared horseradish. Feel free to dial up the heat with more horseradish, cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
FAQ's, Variations and Serving Suggestions for this sweet and spicy mustard sauce:
If you don't have whole grain mustard, Zatarain's creole mustard is a good substitute, or another stone ground mustard that gives you some texture in the sauce. In a pinch, just add an additional tablespoon of spicy brown mustard in place of whole grain. Two tablespoons Zatarain's creole mustard can be substituted in place of both mustards (whole grain and spicy brown).
For my money, the best pairings for Mardi Gras Mustard are Fried Shrimp and french fries. But when you're looking for slightly healthier option, skip the vinaigrette and use this kicked up honey mustard dressing on the Tossed Salad. For non-pescatarians, serving this mustard sauce alongside ranch dressing, BBQ and a giant platter of chicken fingers sounds like an excellent strategy to me.
I find it to be a pretty balanced sauce. Depending on what I'm serving with the Mardi Gras Mustard, I will add an extra teaspoon or two of horseradish for additional spice. If you're looking for a truly tongue-tingling experience, add a quarter teaspoon of cayenne and a few shakes of hot sauce, then taste and adjust seasoning from there.
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