This week I experienced a new flavor that called for mascarpone cheese.
My friend, Mary Jo, had tried a new dessert recipe that she really enjoyed, so she brought dessert to my house one day. Oh, what a great flavor.
She toasted sliced pound cake in the toaster, and topped the warm cake with apricot preserves, mascarpone cheese and sliced toasted almonds. It's a great combination and so fast and easy to prepare.
Apricot Mascarpone Dessert
1 package pound cake
3/4 cup apricot preserves
3 tablespoons amaretto
1 container mascarpone cheese
Toast 1/2-inch-thick slices of pound cake in a toaster. Lightly toast sliced almonds in 1 tablespoon butter in a small frying pan. Combine the apricot preserves with the amaretto. Top warm pound cake with a layer of mascarpone cheese. Spread apricot preserve mixture on top of cheese. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve warm.
2 pounds beef round
1 1/2 pounds bacon
2 teaspoons oil
1 packet onion soup mix
2 cups water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
Cut round 1/2-inch thick. Trim separable fat and remove bone. Pound with meat mallet or saucer; slice into strips 1 inch wide and 4 inches long. Place bacon slices on steak strips and roll up, securing with small wooden picks. Brown roll-ups slowly in hot oil in large frying-pan. Remove roll-ups to crockpot. Add soup mix and 2 cups of water to frying pan and simmer 3 minutes, scraping particles from pan. Pour liquid over roll-ups. Cook until done. Remove roll-ups to warm serving dish. Combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup water, mixing until smooth. Add to liquid from crockpot and simmer, stirring constantly, 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Pour gravy over roll-ups. Garnish with parsley and cherry tomatoes. Serves four.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
2 pounds potatoes (6 medium), cut into 1-inch chucks
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
3 tablespoons margarine
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
In large saucepan, cook potatoes in 2 inches boiling water, covered, about 10 minutes until tender; drain thoroughly, then shake potatoes over low heat one to two minutes to dry thoroughly. Mash potatoes with potato masher or beat with electric hand mixer; reserve. Place milk, margarine and garlic in small saucepan; set over medium-low heat and simmer until heated through, beat into potatoes until thoroughly mixed and fluffy. Mix in additional milk, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Serves six.
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