With a season of cheese platters ahead, you need to be prepared. So today I’ve got the Homemade Vegan Cheez Recipe from The PlantPure Kitchen: 130 Mouthwatering, Whole Food Recipes and Tips for a Plant-Based Life by Kim Campbell.
This pimiento-style dairy-free cheese alternative can be sliced and diced for serving with toothpicks or fresh sourdough bread. And when surprised guests ask for the recipe, you can tell them it’s in The PlantPure Kitchen by Kim Campbell (yes, of THAT Campbell family), along with these entertainment-worthy recipes:
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Special Diet Notes: Homemade Vegan Cheez
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- 2 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage, divided
- ¾ cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons white miso (a soy-free version, if needed)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 teaspoons agar powder
- ½ cup chopped pimiento (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dried chives (optional)
- Optionally line two ramekins, custard cups, or other small ceramic or glass bowls with parchment paper. It makes removal of the cheese easier later.
- Put 1 cup milk beverage, the cashews, lemon juice, tahini, white miso, Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Put the remaining 1 cup milk and agar in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Cook over medium-high heat until the agar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium-low. The mixture will begin to thicken.
- When the milk beverage and agar mixture has thickened, add the creamy mixture from your blender. Stir continuously as the mixture thickens.
- Stir in the pimiento and chives (if using).
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared ramekins.
- Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the cheese is firm, 3 to 4 hours.
- Lift the parchment paper or use a knife to lift the cheese from the ramekin. Grate or slice the cheese to serve.
This recipe is reprinted with permissions from The PlantPure Kitchen by Kim Campbell. The photo is by Colin Campbell.