This French classic is our favorite type of mustard and for good reason. Here's how we like to use it.

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Ask any of our food editors which condiment they always have in their refrigerator at home and everyone is sure to say it's Dijon mustard. It's an essential for good reason. One smear of this vinegary spread improves any sandwich but that's just the start. First and foremost, what is Dijon mustard? It's the best known type of French mustard and takes its name from the city of Dijon, in Burgundy, from where it originates. Though it's pale yellow in color, it's made from brown mustard seeds (versus the yellow ones used for its bright American cousin), and white wine adds depth to its punchy flavor. Our go-to brands are the widely available Maille, Grey Poupon, and Trader Joe's own offering.  

Beyond sandwiches, here are some of the test kitchen teams favorite ways to use Dijon.

Intensify a Sauce

Add a spoonful to pan sauce for silkiness, or whisk it with sherry vinegar, olive oil, a pinch of sugar, and salt and pepper to taste for a quick vinaigrette.

Create a Crust

A flavorful mixture of Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, Dijonnaise is a two-ingredient condiment that's so good Hellman's now sells it. To make your own, simply combine equal parts of Dijon and mayo et voilà, Dijonnaise! We like to use this condiment to coat chicken or fish fillets before baking. It's also great for coating shrimp in this quick dinner salad, which ensures the panko breadcrumbs will adhere (rather than using egg). You can also try spreading Dijonnaise on seared lamb, then press on breadcrumbs and roast.

Keep Ground Meat Moist

For juicy grilled turkey burgers, combine one pound ground turkey with one tablespoon mustard and 1/4 cup minced red onion.

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