Sweet & Spicy

True’s Gourmet Mustard

Mary Clayton Jones cannot recall a time when her mother’s signature hot mustard was NOT on the table. “It was a staple in our house growing up,” she says. “Trueheart (‘True’ for short) was always making it while we were spooning it into gifting jars for friends and family.” Mary Clayton inherited her mother’s passion for entertaining and feeding people, channeling her personal creative spirit into a career in prop styling and photography.

Inspired by a lifetime of enjoyment, True’s Gourmet Hot Mustard is an homage to the woman who inspired Mary Clayton’s culinary creativity. “Even at 89, my mom is very involved in this business. She recently told me she wants to work on fulfillment, but I think we’ll let her stick with ‘quality control,’” Mary Clayton jokes.

The original recipe may hold her mother’s DNA, but there is a whole lot of Mary Clayton in each jar. Years of working with chefs and restaurateurs helped her perfect the recipe for large-scale production without compromising on the familiar flavor. At home, Mary Clayton and her husband Paul like the mustard with a bigger kick, so there is an extra-hot version is in development—one she promises will be “True-approved.”

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Readers can find True’s Gourmet Hot Mustard at Smith’s Variety in Mountain Brook, The General in Forest Park, Catherine’s Market at Lake Martin, Chelsea Antique Market, and Alabama Goods in Homewood, as well as online at TruesGourmet.com.

“I like things to feel special, even everyday things. That’s how this mustard seems: a little sweet, a little tangy, with some nice heat in the finish.”

—Mary Clayton Jones

True’s Gourmet Ham and Swiss Hawaiian Roll Sliders

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 24 sliders

24 Hawaiian Rolls
½ cup True’s Gourmet Hot Mustard
1 pound thinly sliced deli ham
1 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
½ cup melted unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 small onion, finely diced

Preheat oven to 350°.
Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half, separating the tops and bottoms. Place the bottom halves in two 9- x 13-inch baking dishes.
Spread a generous layer of True’s Gourmet Hot Mustard on the bottom halves of the Hawaiian rolls.
To assemble the sliders, simply layer the thinly sliced ham and Swiss cheese on each bottom half. Place the top halves of the buns back on to complete the sliders.
In a small bowl, combine True’s Gourmet Hot Mustard, the melted butter, Worcestershire, poppy seeds, and finely diced onion. Mix well, and then evenly drizzle the mixture over the assembled sliders.
Cover the baking dishes with aluminum foil, and bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes, or until the sliders are golden and the cheese is melted. 
Carefully, remove the sliders and let cool for a minute or two. Then enjoy!

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