Uses for Mascarpone
We bought some mascarpone to use for a poached pear tart. We got lazy and served the pears with ice cream. Now i have this left over. What should I do with it? I want it to be a little special because my roommate went all over the place to find it.
I second the Tiramisu idea.
But, if you're looking for something savory...I often use up any extra mascarpone with pasta. My usuals are a lovely black pepper, bacon, and mascarpone and mascarpone LOVES squash of any kinds so if you're doing a butternut or pumpkin pasta that would be lovely too.
And the beautiful part is that it only takes minutes. For the first dish, I render some bacon or pancetta, put it to the side. I like some caramelized onion or garlic. If I have mushrooms, I'll add them too. Then boil the pasta. Heat up bacon mixture. Strain pasta, but leave a tiny bit of pasta water into a big bowl. Pour bacon mixture onto pasta and NOW add mascarpone so it melts into a cheesy sauce. I always add more romano or parmigianno, or being Greek, our version of both called Mitzithra (mee-tzee-thra) which is almost like a saltier ricotta salata. Anyway, some fresh herbs on top and a great bottle of wine and you're set!
Nice to see a reference to Mitzithra and suggestion on its use as an ingredient. I discovered it by accident at a restaurant a few years back and convince our local market to stock it in the specialty foods section. Wonderful stuff ...
What would you say to using Marscarpone in Beef Stroganoff?
FRESH PINEAPPLE SLICED
MACERATE FOR 1 HR
ARRANGE PINEAPPLE SLICES IN A CIRCLE, DRIZZLE MACERADE ON TOP, PLACE A MOUND OF MASCARPONE IN CENTER W/ SLICE OF LIME RIND ATOP MASCARPONE, FOR GARNISH.
Zuni in San Francisco makes phenomenal polenta, served with a glob of mascarapone in the middle and topped with freshly cracked pepper. That's the best I've ever had, and the way I make it all the time at home now.