Entertaining: Wisconsin Mascarpone-Stuffed Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate
by Jaclyn, Cooking Classy
When entertaining for Valentine’s Day, simple yet sophisticated is always a good bet. Combine two of the most popular ingredients – cheese and chocolate – and you’re sure to set hearts aflutter.
You may be skeptical about such a pairing, but once you try it, you open a world of new flavor opportunities that tantalize the taste buds and will have you coming back for more. This is not a pairing simply for the gourmet foodie. This is a pairing made for the cheese and chocolate lover in all of us.
One of my favorite recipes for Valentine’s Day is Mascarpone-Stuffed Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate. Creamy Wisconsin Mascarpone makes each strawberry absolutely delicious, while a coating of semi-sweet chocolate adds a touch of decadence. Make them for your sweetheart, your kids, or your best friend.
Servings: 81 pound large, fresh strawberries, washed and dried well
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese
Optional coatings: chopped pistachios, toasted almonds or melted white chocolate
Using paring knife, cut stems from strawberries and core centers, being careful not to cut entirely through strawberry’s flesh. Spoon Mascarpone Cheese into piping bag or re-sealable bag and cut tip off one corner of bag. Pipe Mascarpone Cheese into cored strawberries. Transfer to baking sheet lined with wax paper, set aside.
Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl. Set bowl over pot of simmering water. Heat chocolate, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth. Dip stuffed strawberries in melted chocolate and allow excess to run off. Transfer dipped strawberries to prepared baking sheet (if adding nuts, sprinkle nuts over chocolate coating before allowing chocolate to set). Transfer to refrigerator and chill until chocolate has set, about 15 minutes. Drizzle with melted white chocolate, if desired. For best results, serve immediately.
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