Tasting Table Chicago: Grape and Bourbon Mostarda

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Grape and Bourbon Mostarda

Yield: 1½ to 2 cups

Cook Time: 1½ to 2 hours


1¼ pounds green seedless grapes

1¼ pounds red seedless grapes

2½ cups granulated sugar

½ cup plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2½ tablespoons yellow mustard seeds

1¼ cups pecans, chopped

1½ tablespoons finely chopped tarragon leaves

1½ tablespoons finely chopped marjoram leaves

¼ cup bourbon

½ cup Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. In a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir together the green and red grapes, sugar, lemon juice and mustard seeds. Cook over medium-high heat until the grapes burst and the juices begin to gel, about 1½ hours.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Stir in the pecans, tarragon, marjoram, bourbon and Dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper.

3. Let the mostarda rest for at least half an hour before serving. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one month.


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