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By Alan Crowe (Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 08:10:27 AM EST) mascarpone, cheese, snacks, cooking (all tags)
I was at my local supermarket, fixing an out-of-cheese error, when a muscular and cocksure whim twisted my arm, forcing me to buy a tub of mascarpone. What am I to do with it? Eat it, obviously, but there are details, surrounding this basic concept, that cry out for creative elaboration.

I like cheese and usually have four kinds in stock, chosen from Parmesan, Cheddar, Red Leicester, Brie, Stilton, Shropshire Blue, Gouda. I can cut off a piece with a knife and pop it into my mouth with my fingers. Mascarpone is different.

So far I have used the mascarpone as a dip for cashew nuts. The flavours work well together. I have enhanced sardines on toast by adding mascarpone. It seems to work as a cheese for grilling and the slightly sour notes of the cheese go well with the tomato sauce and the fishiness.

Now I turn to Husi in search of inspired lunacy. Please post your suggestions as soon as the moon is right.

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Cheesecake by wiredog (4.00 / 3) #1 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 08:17:07 AM EST
It's the classic cheese for tiramisu.

Try substituting it for cream or yogurt in some sauces.

Eat it with a spoon. Right out of the tub.

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ZOMFG!! first wish sardines on toast, by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 09:20:59 AM EST
now cheesecake... Ummm...

I'll be back in five minutes...

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What is best in life? by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 10:46:48 AM EST
Fresh cannoli! Making the shells is a bitch, but maybe a local deli or bakery could hook you up?

Also some sort of a marscapone tort or cheesecake thing sounds pretty dang good.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

it goes nicely on fruitcake. by garlic (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 12:05:24 PM EST

Tiramisu!!! by atreides (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 01:25:51 PM EST
Need Tiramisu...

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serving suggestion by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 10:32:14 PM EST
Mix it with some stilton or other acceptable blue cheese, season with black pepper. Toast some walnuts and cook some pasta - a reasonably chunky type. When the pasta is drained and still hot, toss the cheese mixture through it and top with the toasted walnuts. Die of happiness immediately.

Cancel the pizza by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 05:46:48 AM EST
I don't have walnuts to hand, but my piece of stilton is creamy and will go well with this, so that is this evening's dinner decided.

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Great success! by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 08:49:26 AM EST
I've "learned" that you cannot use blue cheese in cooking. Stilton works poorly, both in beef burgers and for cheese on toast.

Mixing Stilton with mascarpone (and a little olive oil, because I've been nibbling my mascarpone and didn't have quite enough left) makes a wonderful cheese sauce.

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