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Mascarpone substitute?

MysticYoYo Jan 9, 2008 03:44 PM

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?

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    eefoodgeek RE: MysticYoYo Jan 9, 2008 03:56 PM

    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?

    1. chowser RE: MysticYoYo Jan 9, 2008 04:02 PM

      You could try low fat cream cheese--the neufchatel.

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        pilotgirl210 RE: chowser Jan 9, 2008 04:10 PM

        Exactly, chowser. Mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese. If I were to tell you my last name, you'd know I know of what I speak......tee hee. I often make lasagna with low fat cream cheese, as mascarpone is sometimes difficult to find out here in the *sticks*.

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          sirregular RE: chowser Jan 9, 2008 04:18 PM

          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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            alkapal RE: sirregular Jan 10, 2008 03:15 AM

            lots of evil ubiquitous vegetable gums in low-fat cream cheese. digestive consequences....

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              chowser RE: alkapal Jan 10, 2008 03:36 AM

              You can always make your own if it bothers you.


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                alkapal RE: chowser Jan 10, 2008 09:37 AM


        2. alkapal RE: MysticYoYo Jan 9, 2008 04:03 PM

          the substitutions on this site may be just as fatty:

          this has some other substitution ideas, maybe useful.....
          e.g., whipped cottage cheese or whipped ricotta

          1. Gio RE: MysticYoYo Jan 9, 2008 04:10 PM

            I suppose you could use drained...plain non-fat yogurt. But there's just something about that moscarpone.

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              MysticYoYo RE: MysticYoYo Jan 9, 2008 04:20 PM

              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.

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