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Enjoy a Spring Entertaining Fling Inspired by Crave Brothers Cheese

Don’t just ease into spring this year—jump into it with zest and bend the rules a little while you’re at it. Live it up by entertaining with recipes featuring the fresh flavor and velvety texture of Crave Brothers Mascarpone Cheese. Have fruit soup for dessert, enjoy playful spins on breakfast for dinner, and discover for yourself just how many memorable meals you can create simply by pairing seasonal ingredients with the velvety richness of Mascarpone.

            Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese offers a variety of spring ideas to celebrate the season for Easter and beyond. Debbie Crave, VP of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, suggests a creative dessert. “Chilled Raspberry Soup with Lemon Mascarpone Sorbet is a refreshing and out-of-the-ordinary dessert for spring meals,” she says. Other Crave Brothers Cheese recipes include Mascarpone-Iced Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cupcakes, and Creamy Mascarpone Chicken Florentine Cups cooked in wonton wrappers to form the edible cups.

           When you’re in an entertaining frame of mind, you’ll find that Crave Brothers Mascarpone is as versatile as it is velvety. Use it for soups, sauces, as an accompaniment for fruit, or as an ingredient for everything from asparagus risotto to orange gelato and lemon sorbet. Experiment by creating your own spring herb sorbets or savory cheesecakes. Crave Brothers Mascarpone has won more than 27 prestigious awards since its introduction, including a First Place Award at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Dairy Products Contest. 

            Chilled Raspberry Soup with Lemon Mascarpone Sorbet is an ideal spring dessert idea because it focuses on the freshness of berries, the brightness of lemons and a hint of fresh mint.  Splash in a tablespoon or two of Chambord or other raspberry liqueurs—or serve one of your favorite berry liqueurs as an accompaniment to this dessert. The chilled soup gets an extra burst of richness from velvety Crave Brothers Mascarpone, made from sweet fresh cream. 

            To make the soup, bring fresh raspberries, sugar, fresh lemon juice and white grape juice to a boil, and then simmer for four to six minutes.  Cool the mixture, then puree in a blender or food processor. Add Crave Brothers Mascarpone, making sure it is well mixed in. Cover, refrigerate and chill before serving. To make sorbet, heat castor sugar, water and lemon juice, stirring and simmering for about five minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely before stirring in lemon zest and Crave Brothers Mascarpone. Beat the mixture on medium speed with an electric mixer and then freeze it in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer’s directions—or simply freeze it in a flat container, stirring occasionally until the mixture is frozen.  To serve, ladle the chilled soup into bowls, top with a scoop of sorbet, and garnish with a spring of mint and a few raspberries. 

            For memorable buffet buffets, make savory Mascarpone-Iced Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cupcakes. Cupcakes are made with eggs, cream, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella and cooked, crumbled hickory smoked bacon. The cupcakes are flavored with nutmeg, salt and white pepper. The icing is a combination of softened butter, Crave Brothers Mascarpone, maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar.  

            Creamy Mascarpone Chicken Florentine Cups are another brunch-worthy idea with a filling featuring Crave Brothers Mascarpone, diced Crave Brothers Farmstead Farmers Rope String Cheese, diced cooked chicken, and spinach. To make the cups, bake wonton wrappers in a muffin pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Before serving, add the filling to wonton cups, sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and bake for about five minutes until mixture is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned.

           Licensed cheese maker George Crave oversees the making of all the Crave Brothers handcrafted artisan cheeses, made with milk from the family’s own dairy herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese is sustainably produced in the family’s farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation, recycling, and uses 100 percent green power. 

            For complete recipe instructions and other spring ideas featuring Crave Brothers Mascarpone, visit www.cravecheese.com.  You’ll also find details about the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, and videos highlighting the Crave Brothers green story. 

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            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 biodigester to water recovery and recycling, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. The Crave Brothers Farm LLC and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese LLC use 100% green power and are carbon-negative businesses. Their anaerobic biodigester produces more electricity than they need, enough to power the dairy farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community. 

            Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese 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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