Peeve’s Public House is developing a reputation for its creative menu. Now, the downtown Fresno restaurant is sharing some of its kitchen creations. Chefs Bessy Acosta and Keith Manson are offering several of their artisan food products, including apple onion relish, strawberry basil sauce and sliced dill pickles. The foods are available in the restaurant’s market next door.
Among the more popular items is Chef Bessy’s House Beer Mustard. The coarse grain mustard is bold tasting and is made with organic yellow and brown mustard, garlic, brown sugar and Tioga Sequoia Sugar Pine Beer.
Acosta likes the combination of the different mustards, for appearance and taste. The brown mustard tends to have a nuttier, spicier taste that balances well with brown sugar and the beer’s sweet undertones.
The mustard has been fermented for two months and pairs well with richer tasting meats like sausage, hot dogs and pastrami. But it can also easily be slathered on deli sandwich, soft pretzels or used in a vinaigrette.
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One of Acosta’s first attempts at mustard making was off the charts on the spiciness scale.
“It tasted like wasabi,” she says with a laugh. “But we have refined it and it tastes fantastic.”
Chef Bessy’s House Beer Mustard comes in an 8-ounce jar and sells for $6. You can find it at Peeves Public Market, 1243 Fulton Mall, Fresno.