Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.



Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 4-6

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the potatoes in a stock pot with enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook the potatoes until tender. This should take about 30 minutes after the water comes to a boil. Test the doneness by inserting a fork into the center of one of the potato pieces.

When the potatoes are done, drain and, working quickly, play some potatoes in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a wire whip. Add to soften butter and turn the mixer on low speed. Make the potatoes for 10 seconds and then add the cheese. Stop the machine and, with a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Turn the machine back on to medium speed and whip the potatoes well. If potatoes are a little dry, add some more cheese. The potatoes should be creamy and fluffy.

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