Pimento “Cheese” (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free)

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Adapted from the “Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook"

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups Water
  • 5 Tablespoons Agar Flakes
  • ¾ cup Cashew Pieces, may substitute Sunflower Seeds  for nut-free
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds or 1 Tablespoon Tahini (see our Product List)
  • 1¼ teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • ½ cup Diced Red Pepper or Pimentos
  • 2½ Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Directions: Put the first two ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Place the agar mixture and the remaining ingredients in a blender. Blend all ingredients on high 1 – 2 minutes until creamy, stopping the blender once or twice to stir the contents and scrape down the sides. Pour the “cheese” into a mold and chill overnight. Un-mold the cheese and use sliced or shredded in place of commercially made cheese in your favorite recipes, or enjoy with crackers, breads, or fruit. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.

Variations: To make different flavors, fold in one of the following before pouring cheese into mold:

  • ¾ cup finely Chopped Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1½ Tablespoons Caraway Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill Weed Powder
  • or 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Onion Flakes and 2¼ teaspoons Dill.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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