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Does anyone have any suggestions for what else to do with mascarpone besides make tiramisu? Thanks!

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  1. sweet:
    - mousse
    - cheesecake
    - frosting
    - ice cream
    - lightly sweetened & served with fresh fruit or poached pears

    savory:
    - mashed potatoes
    - artichoke dip
    - polenta
    - beef stroganoff (in place of sour cream)
    - risotto
    - pasta (stuff in ravioli, or make a sauce with tomatoes & pancetta or bacon)

    1. Mashed potatoes
      Stuff inside of french toast
      Mac N Cheese
      Add it to risotto as a finishing touch

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        love the stuffed french toast idea.

        ooh, that reminds me - crepes...or blintzes.

      2. I can't believe no one has said "eat it with a spoon" -- however, you can always pretend you're not pigging out on it by spreading it on sliced apples or pears (no need to sweeten, IMHO). It also makes an excellent alternative to clotted cream for topping scones.

        1. add a half cup of mascarpone to your favorite brownie recipe to make the silkiest, fudgiest brownies you've ever tasted

          1. Toast some great bread (I can give you the recipe for a chocolate bread if you like). Spread on mascarpone and top with thin slices of fresh fruit. Breakfast of champions!

            1. Add to blueberries, strawberries or peaches for bread pudding. Also trifle, egg casseroles or scrambled with chives or add to filling for jalapeno poppers

              1. I've made these mini-cupcakes with leftover mascarpone. They come out rich and smooth. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

                Cheers,
                Ladyberd
                http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

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                1. re: ladyberd

                  this is the recipe that immediately came to mind when I saw this thread. made these with my daughter who is a strawberry lover and was, at the time, a huge fan of the color pink. I liked them regardless of the color and the mascarpone added nice moisture and richness, like ladyberd says.

                  I also recently made this recipe out of my Bon Appetit cookbook - all agreed it was delicious and out of the ordinary: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                  GG
                  http://www.semisweetonline.com

                2. use instead of cream cheese on a bagel

                  1. Add it to your favorite pancake batter! We would add an entire (softened) container to the batter...they come out very creamy and rich.

                    I also like putting a bit in creamy pasta sauces, spread on a bagel, or I'll add a little sugar , lemon zest, and vanilla and then eat that with fresh berries.

                    Gourmet has a recipe for a strawberry mascarpone tart with port glaze. One of my favorite tarts.

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                    1. re: bluemoon4515

                      Yeah, pancakes are great. I've made this recipe and it's fantastic: http://www.mangotomato.com/2010/03/ma...

                    2. I had a dessert at a restaurant in Ireland (that I've successfully recreated) of meringue cups filled with mascarpone and topped with slightly cooked & sweetened berries (frozen work well). It looks beautiful, and the tastes and textures are lovely contrasts (sugary, crunchy meringue + cool, rich, smooth mascarpone + warm, sweet, tart, soft berries).

                      1. Many great ideas here.

                        When you add it to whipped cream for a frosting, it helps it stay "set" longer.

                        1. Mix it with garlic, onion, capers and tomatoes, then scoop and bagel, toast it, and fill with lox and the mascarpone spread.

                          Mix with chopped hazelnuts and fill blintzes, then serve topped with a Bing Cherry sauce.

                          Make mini filo cups by spreading filo in mini-muffin tins, then fill with mascarpone blended with feta til smooth. Top with diced caramelized onions and bake at 375 or 400 til golden.

                          8 oz mascarpone
                          8 oz pureed pears or apples
                          4 oz flour
                          2 eggs
                          2 oz sugar
                          1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon to taste
                          11/2 tsp vanilla (sometimes i even use 2 -- im a vanilla nut)
                          dash salt

                          Mix cheese and puree, then eggs, and vanilla. fold in dry ingredients. Don't stir too much. Fry at medium-low heat. Very fluffy.