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Jul 25, 2007 07:07 AM

What to do with leftover mascarpone- not tiramisu?

I made a pasta dish with mascarpone and now I am left with most of the jar. It's hot and I am 8 and 1/2 months pregnant, so any elaborate cooking is out of the question. I was imagining using it in some sort of toast with smoked salmon and arugula, but I can't find any recipe like that. We have friends coming over for drinks (well, drinks for them) on Friday afternoon, and would like to use it in something for them... Figs and mascarpone also sounds good, but how can I use it without turning on the oven?? Any suggestion is very welcomed.

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  1. Here's what I do with leftover mascarpone:

    Take some store-bought poundcake or angelfood cake and cut it into 1 inch cubes
    Add some milk or cream and honey to the mascarpone to thin it and give it some sweetness
    Buy some fresh berries (assortment or just strawberries)
    Layer all 3 above items in brandy snifters or other pretty glasses and serve!

    Easy breezy....and no bake!

    p.s Advanced congrats on your upcoming bundle of joy!

    1. Oh, I think you'll be great with your figs and no oven. Smear some crostini (buy em' toasted or toast them in your toaster, not oven!), with the mascarpone. Drizzle either honey or balsamic reduction over the top, then put some fig slices on top. A dash of salt would be nice here, too. Can you eat prosciutto while pregnant? That would go nicely on top as well.

      And if you want to offer two options, do the same thing with the crostini and mascarpone, but then top with a thin slice of smoked salmon and a bit of arugula - or make an arugula pesto and drizzle that over the top.

      1. I like mascarpone with grilled fruit... which isn't all that helpful to you unless you've already got the grill on! But like the previous post, I also like it with fresh berries; I bring it to room temperature and then add some confectioners sugar and vanilla or almond extract. I mix it (almost whip it) up real well and then serve over berries.

        1. I also like to slightly sweeten mascarpone with honey and really enjoy it with fruit (raw, poached, grilled, or compote) and nuts. For a little dessert sandwich, try grilled mascarpone and nutella sandwiches.

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          1. re: debbiel

            I'll second the grilled sandwich idea....and I've heard that grilled poundcake is VERY yummy when done in a panini press.

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