Mother of Appetizers: The Spread (Mascarpone Board with Balsamic Strawberries)


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The Spread (Mascarpone Board with Balsamic Strawberries)

Is your mind in the gutter?  Bring it back to the kitchen!

It is time for a Mascarpone Board with Balsamic Strawberries, Basil and Candied Pecans.  This is an easy appetizer you can make with ease. Spend hardly any time in the kitchen -the express train of bougie, simple goodness.

Fall in love with a delightful new taste.  You need to make the Spread.

Why will I love this recipe?

  • Balsamic Strawberries with Mascarpone is a great flavor combination
  • Easy to to put together
  • Beautiful to bring to a party


Candied Pecans

  • Butter
  • Pecans
  • Brown Sugar


  • French Baguette
  • Butter


  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salt /Pepper
  • Candied Pecans
  • Balsamic Glaze

How do you make the Best Butter Board? 

This is a different take on the hugely popular ‘Butter Board’ trend featured on Tiktok, by Justine Doiron.  The Spread is a fun and interesting Mascarpone cheese appetizer recipe.   For most of these Boards, butter is the star of the show,  but for our recipe, we feel that Mascarpone is a more interesting base than salted or compound butter.  Savory like an appetizer- sweet like a dessert.

What is Mascarpone Cheese?

Mascarpone cheese is a type of cheese originating in Italy. It’s made from two ingredients – heavy cream and citric or tartaric acid.  Mascarpone cheese is often compared to cream cheese, ricotta cheese, crème fraiche, and clotted cream.  Mascarpone is sweeter and less tangy product than its peers.  We prefer it for its extra smooth texture.

Making a Mascarpone Board

Start with a large board, wooden board, cutting board, or platter. Use creamy Mascarpone cheese, rather than sweet butter for an interesting twist.  Put dollops of cheese on your board, and use the back of a spoon, or spatula to spread the cheese evenly across the Board.

Add finely chopped fresh basil, and thinly sliced strawberries. Next top with candied Pecans.  Add flaky sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and balsamic glaze to taste.  Dip that bread and Take a bite!

Crostini  – Make your crispy toast with soft butter

Brush the butter onto French baguette slices(or other crusty bread) and toast.  You can serve the crisp toasts on the side of your board, or in a separate basket.  Don’t forget to include cheese knives for serving.

prep for the spread - baguette, cutting board, marscapone, sliced strawberries and chopped chandied pecans

The Spread, a Basil and Balsamic Strawberry Butter Board

Seasoned ,Mascarpone Board with Balsamic Strawberries and candied Pecans

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10

Author: Upton O’Goode

Candied Pecans

  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • ½ Cup Rough Cut Pecans
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar


  • 1 French Baguette Thinly sliced and toasted
  • 1 Tbsp Butter


  • 1 8 oz Mascarpone Room Temperature
  • 6-8 Fresh Strawberries Washed, De-stemmed, and thinly sliced
  • 3-4 Basil leaves (large) Washed and cut into thin strips
  • Salt (a light dusting)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • ½ Cup Candied Pecans
  • ¼ Cup Balsamic Glaze

Make Your Toast

Prepare the Ingredients for your Board

Make Candied Pecans

  • Add 1 Tbsp butter to a frying pan on low heat
  • Allow the butter to melt
  • Add brown sugar and stir
  • Add pecans and stir for 3-4 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • As the nuts cool, they may require an additional rough chop

Assemble your Butter Board

  • With a butter or cheese knife create circles of Mascarpone across ⅔ of your board. Spread thickly for good coverage.
  • Add strawberry slices and basil strips
  • Add candied Pecans
  • Lightly salt
  • Add fresh ground pepper
  • Drizzle balsamic vinegar across your cheese
  • Add the baguette slices to the ⅓ of the board that is unused
  • Serve


  • You’ll want to use softened Mascarpone at room temperature.
  • Choose a great crusty bread, and slice thinly.
  • Your Candied pecans will likely get sticky and need a second chop.
  • Candied walnuts or pistachios are also crunchy and delicious alternatives.
  • Vary your toppings -Other favorite toppings include raspberry and balsamic, blackberry and balsamic, peach and balsamic, and of course fig and balsamic
  • Add more zest and change up your fresh herbs.  Fresh Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Green onion, and Lemon zest are all great flavors. Flaky salt and fresh ground pepper can help create a board that’s fabulous. Sprinkle Edible flowers for a romantic garnish to this easy appetizer board.
  • You could make this recipe with goat cheese, or even cream cheese, as a substitution ingredient for sweet and tangy Mascarpone cheese
  • Wonderful as a breakfast board.  Perfect for a tasty brunch.
  • Beautiful for a Holiday appetizer.  Your family and friends will love the irresistible savory and sweet flavors.

From viral trend to a Mascarpone Masterpiece- this easy-to-make board is packed with flavor!  So get a wooden board and get started!  It’s absolutely delicious.

FAQs for a Mascarpone Charcuterie Board

What the FAQ?

What is Mascarpone cheese?

Mascarpone is a fresh Italian cheese, exceptionally smooth, and easily spreadable fresh cream cheese.  It is made from heavy cream and citric or tartaric acid.

What is a Mascarpone Charcuterie Board?

The butter board charcuterie trend is an amazing appetizer option so you don’t have to serve every single accoutrement separately.   These boards create infused flavors that combine artfully- and are complemented with crackers, or crostini for dipping.  More recently recipes are featuring interesting cheese spreads with a variety of toppings.

When should I serve a Mascarpone Charcuterie Board?

A Mascarpone Charcuterie Board is a perfect appetizer tray for a party.  Easy to assemble and fun to serve.

This article originally appeared on CussKitchen and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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