Special Mid-Week Contest

April  1, 2010

Happy April Fools' Day! Okay, so there's no special warthog contest -- but here's a recipe we like!

Wine-Stewed Prunes and Mascarpone

Shop the Story

Adapted from Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, the owners of Frankies Spuntino

Serves 6

  • 1 pound pitted prunes (about 40)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 8-ounce containers mascarpone

1. Combine prunes, sugar, cinnamon and wine in a pot over medium-high heat. When mixture boils, reduce to simmer and cook 45 minutes, until liquid has turned to syrup.

2. Remove from heat, and rest at least 15 minutes. Spread a mound of mascarpone on each serving plate, top with 6 prunes and drizzle with syrup. Serve immediately.


Note: We borrowed this amazing warthog photo from a website called


See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • TheWimpyVegetarian
  • EmilyNunn
  • coffeefoodwrite
  • MyCommunalTable
  • Hedonia
Food52 (we cook 52 weeks a year, get it?) is a food and home brand, here to help you eat thoughtfully and live joyfully.


TheWimpyVegetarian April 1, 2010
First, you absolutely had me on this one. But I confess I was also wondering if Pierino had hacked into your computer :-). Second, I have no idea what warthog actually tastes like but the recipe above, sans the mascarpone, actually sounds like a great sauce for warthog. With the mascarpone, sounds like a great dessert.
pierino April 1, 2010
Why does everybody automatically blame this stuff on me???
TheWimpyVegetarian April 3, 2010
Because you're wonderfully creative and have a terrific sense of humor. And maybe a bit of a "no holds barred" that many of us envy. No harm intended :-)
EmilyNunn April 1, 2010
Wart + Hog = Hilarious.
coffeefoodwrite April 1, 2010
How funny! As I clicked in I was thinking...thinking...of places to buy warthog and was going to ask if it could be ordered online. Ha!
MyCommunalTable April 1, 2010
OMG, I totally fell for it. I even said outloud, "Where in the world does one buy warthog?" I also have a recipe for stuffed lentils in the same vein.
Merrill S. April 1, 2010
The stuffed lentils took us a second, but now we're literally crying with laughter.
pierino April 1, 2010
Anyone know where I can pick up some muffler bearings? Firestone doesn't carry them anymore.
Hedonia April 1, 2010
I think we might need to add some warthog to the menu at The Hungry Hipster:
dymnyno April 1, 2010
Hedonia and the Hungry Hipster is very had me going until the bacon... Happy April Fools Day!!!!!
Lizthechef April 1, 2010
OK, I am SO gullible...You got me, guys, just as I was going to dig up my bow and arrow.
djgibboni April 1, 2010
C'mon -- I was ready to post my "ragù al cinghiale" recipe! LOL
nannydeb April 1, 2010
I love it! Happy April Fools day!
dymnyno April 1, 2010
OH DARN!!! I have a great recipe from "The Explorers Cookbook" credited to Robert M. Lee who started a Manhattan shop called Hunting World (early 60s). It begins with "Armed with proper license as well as your favorite rifle, shoot a warthog, preferably a fairly young one and never a big old trophy boar." Sounds delish!!!!
thirschfeld April 1, 2010
I would think that is probably one cool cookbook.
drbabs April 1, 2010
I was looking forward to seeing what pierino would come up with. Happy April Fool's Day!
pierino April 1, 2010
Pierino was working on it but A&M beat me to it. I was thinking along the lines of the things you look for in China Town; "it makes you strong!"
mrslarkin April 1, 2010
Aw, shoot! I was hoping to grace the Easter table with a nice leg of warthog, too.
aargersi April 1, 2010
Let's cook a razorback! Might be a bit chewy though.
aargersi April 1, 2010
Also is Sasha going to do a wine pairing? Maybe some sort of robust South African wine ...
thirschfeld April 1, 2010
I was going to ask if it is OK to substitute Whistle Pig.