Substitute for mascarpone cheese in the Union Square Cafe Polenta recipe?
Sometimes my local grocery store has mascarpone cheese and sometimes they don't. It's winter now and I need to renew my personal relationship with polenta. The recipe below is a winter must have for me:
Any thoughts on a substitute? A good treadmill, lol?
Unsalted european butter will probably get you pretty close. That's what I would use.
ETA - there are various recommendations on the web to substitute a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream (ratio by volume 5/3/2 respectively) for mascarpone.
But there are two problems with this -
For one, the flavor would actually wind up more aggressive than that of mascarpone
For another, that's sort of a hassle when you only need 2 tablespoons in the first place.
If you're up to it why dont you make it yourself? It is quite easy,but takes 8 hours to make.
1 qt light cream, heat to 180 F then mix 1 tsp tartaric acid (a salt looking natural substance you can buy from any wine/beer making supply stores), mix and it will curdle. Strain by usinga cheesecloth overnight in fridge and youll have the freshest mascarpone ever.