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?
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.
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.