I've found mascarpone cheese can be pricey. What would be a good (in taste and price) substitute?
I found a highly rated mascarpone cheese substitute recipe on food.com. I haven't personally tried it, but it's highly rated on that site, and is ridiculously simple.
- 1 16 oz block of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Blend until smooth
Try it and let us know? :)
I bought some mascarpone and tried the cream cheese (full fat) substitute side by side. Cream cheese was creamier. The mascarpone definitely had a grainier texture, sort of like ricotta. I will play with it a bit, but I think mixing about half and half to 1/3,2/3 ricotta and the cream cheese sour cream mixture would hit it right on the head.
There is an excellent page that describes how to make your own Mascarpone Cheese with just milk and culture at "http://www.cheesemaking.com/Mascarpone.html" The cheese is very good, and inexpensive.