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.

Ingredients

1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
1 Teaspoon. light brown sugar
1 Punnet Driscoll's Blackberries
2 Tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves
1/2 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

Method

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.

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.

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