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May 31, 2011 08:16 PM

Kosher marscapone cheese?

I'm not a cheese person, but Shavuos time, I try to pull a few cheese dishes out of my hat. I could not find kosher marscapone in any of the stores. Is it possible? Also, what do I do with sheep's cheese and how does it differ from Spanish Manchego (other than the hefty 17 dollar price on the Manchego)?

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  1. "Sheep's cheese" is an entire category of cheese, not a specific item or variety. Manchego is a type of sheep's cheese, fairly firm and mild (and very delicious).

    BelGioso sells a certified mascarpone (check your spelling).

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    1. re: ferret

      Thanks. Do you think the Manchego is worth the 17 bucks? Would I serve it on a platter? What would I do with it? I have two serious cheese connosseurs coming for the holiday. And they no doubt would have spelled it correctly.

      1. re: cappucino

        Manchego is traditionally served with membrillo, a dense paste made from quince (it's like a dense quince jam). You can also use a fig jam in a pinch - not sure if you can find certified membrillo quickly. You can also add an assortment of spanish olives to the platter.

        1. re: ferret

          I did see fig jam and an entire line of gourmet jams at Stop and Shop of all places. It was an impressive selection, but I wasn't sure where to go with it. This is a good idea.

    2. I won't swear to it, and I'm in eretz yisrael at the moment so I can't check easily, but I'm pretty sure I saw mascarpone at Aron's in Queens, and possibly even at the TJ's in Queens as well.

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      1. re: queenscook

        I hail from Queens, but only visit when I need to see my dentist. Any NJ area stores, anyone? I'm glad it's possible to get kosher mascarpone. Now to find it.

        1. re: cappucino

          Are you near a Whole Foods?
          I got this brand there
          They're chof-K certified. They may also have it at Trader Joe's.
          While you're at it, try their creme fraiche - delicious :)

      2. so Bel Gioso is tablet-k certified, which many people won't eat. If you are interested still, I believe Trader Joe's on the Upper West side carries it, as does Wegmans in New Jersey.

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        1. re: PotatoPuff

          The last time I bought Bel Gioioso, it was CRC (the Chicago one, not the Brooklyn one); it's a shame they had to change the certification, as fewer kosher consumers will be able to have it now.

          1. re: queenscook

            the mascarpone is crc certified while the rest of the cheeses are tablet k

            1. re: cwsilverberg

              i have found belgioso mascarpone in shop rite in the gourmet cheese area in produce (both in livingston and west orange). it is a green/white container. it is crc

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                Thank you to all. I will start with Trader Joe's as I have been looking for creme fraiche too. Then, I will begin to follow up on the other suggestions. One cheesecake done. Many more to go along with the tiramisu.

                1. re: cappucino

                  The Vermont Creamery brand that phenanthrene mentioned also has a creme fraiche too.

                  1. re: cappucino

                    The Fairway in paramus NJ has the Bel giosi one. Across from the gourmet kosher cheeses near the olive bar.

                    1. re: azna29

                      Azna, that is what I needed. I didn't know if it was worth the trip over. Great.

                  2. re: koshergourmetmart

                    Last I checked, Gristede's and larger Associated stores carry it too.

            2. I'm pretty sure Glatt Express in Teaneck, NJ has marscapone.

              1. In addition to Vermont and Bel Gioso, there is Polenghi Mascarpone imported from Italy that I have seen in many markets that has the OK. Like the other two, it is not marketed as a kosher cheese, but as a mainstream cheese that happens to be kosher.

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                1. re: mrogovin

                  Mascarpone is a "cheese" in the loosest sense. It's essentially a yogurt made from heavy cream.

                  1. re: ferret

                    Ferret, I think I was using it for a tiramisu and some other dessert. Does it really add a lot to the recipe, do you think?

                    1. re: cappucino

                      It's the mainstay of the tiramisu. You could just do it with whipped heavy cream but it loses body over time. Stick with the mascarpone (or go with some other idea).

                  2. re: mrogovin

                    I found the Italian Polenghi brand in the Amish Market in NYC. Glad its OK certified.