Dried Apricot and Cherry Mostarda

One of Grace Parisi's favorite chefs, Marc Vetri of Vetri in Philadelphia, was the inspiration for this mostarda, an Italian fruit and mustard condiment. His mostarda requires two weeks of tending as well as a visit to an apothecary in Bergamo, Italy, for his favorite mustard oil. Grace's version takes just 15 minutes.

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  • 1/4 pound dried apricots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the apricots, cherries, shallot, ginger, wine, vinegar, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the liquid is absorbed and the fruit is softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the dry mustard, Dijon mustard and butter. Simmer until the <em>mostarda</em> is jamlike, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Serve the <em>mostarda</em> warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The mostarda can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Best Uses Serve the mostarda alongside charcuterie or cheese, or spread on a sandwich. The mostarda is also delicious with grilled chicken, steak, pork, lamb and sausages.

Contributed By Photo © Helene Dujardin Published June 2006

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