Mascarpone Dip with Basil Blackberries
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Mascarpone dip with basil blackberries

A tub of mascarpone turns into a sophisticated spread when topped with a simple mixture of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, blackberries and basil. Serve with crackers and guests will be left wondering how you put together this amazing combination.

  • Method

    1. Vinegarette

      Bring vinegar and brown sugar to a boil in a nonreactive small saucepan over high heat. Boil until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Pour into a medium bowl. Let cool. Gently stir in blackberries, basil, pepper and salt.

    2. Mascarpone

      Fill a bowl with hot water. Dip bottom of the mascarpone container in water for about 5 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, unmold mascarpone onto a serving platter. Spoon blackberry mixture over mascarpone, being sure to scrape all juices out of the bowl, and letting berries fall randomly. Serve with crackers.

  • Ingredients

    ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon. light brown sugar
    1 punnet Driscoll's blackberries
    2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves
    ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    large pinch of fleur de sel or other flaky salt
    1 container mascarpone cheese
    crackers, for serving

    • Serves 6
    • Snack
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