Is there a healthier alternative to mascarpone? Giada has a fantastic recipe for Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce (can't rave about it enough!) but due to the mascarpone the fat/calorie content is over the top, something like 120 calories per tablespoon and 13.5 grams of fat. I get chest pains just reading the recipe.
I'd like to make this great recipe again; is there a substitute that will lend a similar taste/texture to the dish and that won't shorten the lifespan of my guests?
you could use low fat sour cream or yogurt and get the same results. i just checked out her recipe and a cup of mascarpone is a LOT! i'm not sure what the thickness of the final dish is supposed to be, but any of those white liquids (sour cream, yogurt, heavy cream ) would most likely work.
or you could experiment to see how little mascarpone you can get away with using without compromising the dish.
i wonder, does creme fraiche have less calories?
You can definitely get by with low fat cream cheese in that recipe. It should maintain a similar consistency,and the subtle flavors of the mascarpone are likely to get a bit muddled anyhow. You might be well off to whip the cream cheese beforehand, though, else it may seem a little gritty.
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I suppose you could use drained...plain non-fat yogurt. But there's just something about that moscarpone.
Wiki says that "Mascarpone is a triple-cream cheese made from crème fraîche by denaturing with rennet", so it would appear that mascarpone and crème fraîche would have the same fat content. I could be wrong of course.
Recipezaar has some recipes for a substitute but i was looking for an already made substitute.