The Twelve Days of Mascarpone Magic Crave Brothers Mascarpone: The Secret Ingredient for the Holidays



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 The Twelve Days of Mascarpone Magic Crave Brothers Mascarpone:

The Secret Ingredient for the Holidays

Waterloo, WI, November 30, 2017—Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone is a versatile ingredient that lends itself to stellar celebration food during the holiday season. Made from fresh sweet cream, Crave Brothers Mascarpone has won more than 27 national and international awards for excellence. Drawing inspiration from the Twelve Days of Christmas, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese offers 12 simple ways that Mascarpone cheese can enrich the offerings on your holiday table. With its velvety texture and rich flavor, Crave Brothers Mascarpone makes it easy to create guest-worthy specialties when you use it as a stir-in ingredient to take your favorite recipes to the next level. Mascarpone cheese originated in the Lombardy region of Italy hundreds of years ago, and today we're still discovering its many possibilities. Best known as a dessert ingredient for layered tiramisu or custardy zabaglione, Mascarpone is also ideal for seasonal recipes ranging from breakfast to appetizers, sides and entrees. Like all of the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheeses, Crave Brothers Mascarpone is made with milk from the Crave family's own dairy herd. It is made in a farmstead cheese-making facility that uses 100 percent green power, and practices water conservation and recycling. Here are 12 ideas demonstrating how one ingredient—Crave Brothers Mascarpone—can help you elevate your holiday menus this year.

1. Make holiday breakfasts special: Eggnog Coffee Cake is a make-ahead treat, refrigerated 8 hours before baking. It features Mascarpone and eggnog in the cake batter, a streusel topping, and a glaze of eggnog and powdered sugar.

2. Offer creative party appetizers: Chicken Florentine Cups are visually appealing and easy to eat. Served in wonton wrapper cups, the creamy filling combines Crave Brothers Mascarpone, Crave Brothers Farmer's Rope String Cheese, Parmesan, thawed and drained frozen spinach, and small cubes of cooked rotisserie chicken.

3. Whip up a rich party dip: Olive and Mascarpone Dip is out-of-the ordinary, yet it combines familiar favorite flavors. Combine Crave Brothers Mascarpone with thawed and drained chopped frozen spinach, grated Asiago or Parmesan, chopped olives and lemon juice. Serve the dip with fresh vegetables, crackers or pita chips.

4. Present an elegant first course: Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Soup sets the tone for holiday dining. This rich pureed soup combines Mascarpone, wild mushrooms, chicken broth, Port wine, cream, butter, green onions, lemon juice and ground black pepper. Garnish with 1 or 2 cups unpureed mushrooms and serve with crusty bread.

5. Let seasonal salads say it all: Mascarpone Layered Beets offer the colors and richness you'd expect from holiday fare. Simply layer roasted beet medallions with mascarpone and scallion filling, then drizzle with a red wine and balsamic reduction and sprinkle with candied walnuts before serving.

6. Boost your buffet-style side dishes: Make Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto, a spin on the classic. Add pureed roasted butternut squash with a little olive oil, maple syrup, cayenne and paprika to classic risotto made with 1/3 cup mascarpone. Garnish the dish with thinly sliced Granny Smith apple and a touch of aged balsamic vinegar.

7. Serve a crowd in luxurious style: Everything about Mascarpone Lobster Mac and Cheese says "Celebrate." Think of this dish as tradition, nostalgia, comfort food and luxury all rolled into one. All you have to do is add lobster meat, Crave Brothers Mascarpone, whipping cream and flavorings of sherry, nutmeg and cayenne to the classic mac and cheese recipe.

8. Add a luxurious note to your favorite winter vegetables: Roasted Mashed Butternut Squash with Mascarpone is as simple as it sounds. Stir a generous dollop of Crave Brothers Mascarpone into mashed, roasted butternut squash.

9. Create sweet endings: Bite-sized Andes® Mint Dessert Cups are as easy to make as they are eye-catching. Add Crave Brothers Mascarpone to melted semi-sweet chocolate with 3 Tbsp. crème de menthe liqueur and serve in individual dessert cups. Before serving, top with whipped cream and Andes® Mint Crumbles.

10. Make your own gift-worthy candy: Whip up a batch of Mascarpone Chocolate Truffles to send home with your guests, or just for the family to enjoy. You can make truffles ahead of time and refrigerate them for up to one week. The ingredients? Mascarpone Cheese, semi-sweet chocolate, heavy cream, chopped pecans or walnuts, and a Tablespoon of your favorite liqueur.

11. Go for sweet, seasonal and portable: Pumpkin Mascarpone Mini Trifle is great for parties. It's a triple-layered mixture of crumbled ginger cookies, a sweetened and spiced pumpkin/Mascarpone mix, and whipped cream topping. Serve it in individual mini-trifle cups

12. Serve a three-ingredient wonder for dessert: Chocolate Mascarpone Pie will make you wonder how something so satisfyingly rich can be so simple to make. All you need is a pre-made chocolate cookie crust filled with a mixture of melted chocolate chips blended into a 16-oz. container of Crave Brothers Mascarpone. If you wish, add a splash of your favorite liqueur to the mix. This pie filling recipe took Second Place honors in the Creative and Innovative Products at the 2017 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest.

If you don't mind sharing your favorite holiday secret ingredient, you might also want to order a holiday gift box, such as the Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Kit ($16 plus shipping), for those special people on your gift list.

12 Days of Crave Brothers Farmstead Mascarpone Eggnog Coffee Cake Chicken Florentine Cups Olive and Mascarpone Dip Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Soup Mascarpone Layered Beets Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto Mascarpone Lobster Mac and Cheese Roasted Mashed Butternut Squash with Mascarpone Andes® Mint Dessert Cups Mascarpone Chocolate Truffles Pumpkin Mascarpone Mini Trifle Chocolate Mascarpone Pie ### The Crave family farms 2,500 acres of productive land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. From the manure digester to water recovery, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family's herd. Crave Brothers produces Fresh Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Part-skim Mozzarella, Oaxaca, Farmer's Rope String Cheese, and Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds in white, yellow and jalapeño varieties. 

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