Chocolate and cheese are indisputable foods of romance. In ancient Rome, the beet with its vivid red color was also considered an aphrodisiac.
This year, Crave Brothers Cheese invites romantics to celebrate Valentine's Day with the luxurious notes of artisan cheese combined with chocolate or, yes, beets.
Crave Brothers Cheese offers three ways to demonstrate love for the special Valentine in one's life: (1) Make Buttery Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles with Mascarpone, (2) give a tasteful Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Gift Box, or (3) serve a romantic dinner at home with cheese-rich recipes like the Layered Beet and Mascarpone Salad.
• Make Buttery Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles with Crave Brothers Mascarpone. Not only does this award-winning creamy sweet cheese simplify the recipe, it also provides a velvety texture.
In a double boiler (or place a bowl over simmering water without allowing the bowl to touch the water), combine 4 ounces each of high-quality bittersweet and milk chocolate, 4 ounces of room temperature Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone, 2/3-cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, orange-flavored liqueur.
Gently stir ingredients until this romantic mixture is creamy, smooth and warm. Remove from heat, cover the mixture and chill overnight.
To make Buttery Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles, roll refrigerated mixture into 1-inch balls, and roll truffles in 1 cup of finely chopped walnuts or pecans.
• Give a sweet gift - The Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Gift Box. This simple yet luxurious chocolaty dessert kit includes the recipe, and takes just minutes to prepare. Pie ingredients include Crave Brothers Sweet Cream Mascarpone, dark chocolate, and a cookie crumb crust. After melting together the semi-sweet chocolate and Mascarpone, simply spread the creamy filling into the cookie crumb crust and chill the pie overnight, or until firm, before serving.
• Create beautiful memories with a romantic dinner featuring the Beet and Mascarpone Salad. Its layers of roasted beet medallions are stacked with a rich filling combining Crave Brothers Mascarpone, scallions and a light seasoning of salt and pepper. Drizzle this tower of beet medallions with a red wine and balsamic reduction, then sprinkle the salad with candied walnuts and top with micro greens.
To end the meal, serve raspberries and strawberries accompanied by Mascarpone, or serve Crave Brothers Buttery Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles, Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie, or Red Velvet Mascarpone Whoopie Pies with a filling of heavy cream, Crave Brothers Mascarpone and melted white chocolate.
The Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics artisan cheeses, including Mascarpone, are made with milk from the Crave family's dairy herd. The cheeses are produced with 100 percent green power in a farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation and recycling.
Online, find the romantic recipes for Beet and Mascarpone Salad, Buttery Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles and Red Velvet Mascarpone Whoopie Pies at www.cravecheese.com." target="_blank">www.cravecheese.com.
Order the Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Gift Box, at www.cravecheese.com or www.needcheese.com.
The Crave family farms 2,000 acres of rich land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family's herd.