This was a hit as an appy at the last dinner party!
Especially with Eve’s Crackers on the side.
The vegans were all over it, and the surprised words ‘it tastes like cheese’ were heard over and over again from the non-vegans.
This version of nut cheese making is the quickest and easiest you will find.
There are longer versions of how to make nut cheeses, some as long as one week of fermenting!
Fermenting the nuts for the cheese will give it more of a tangy, aged cheese taste, but when you’ve got a day to figure out what to bring to impress your pals, this is a great go-to recipe to curb those cheese cravings.
I’d still start it the day before you will be serving it up, just so you get all the soaking time possible.
Just soak and strain the cashews, blend the ingredients, strain in a cheese cloth, let it chill in the fridge & roll shape it up.
The turmeric in this mixture tricks you into believing you’re eating the orange cheddar you used to indulge in.
Get creative with the herbs that make the outer layer. What fresh herbs are hiding in that fridge of yours? Use them!
Check out my Instagram (@hookedonplants) to see the dishes before and after this yummy cheese (over 80 total)!
–Cashews are packed with minerals and antioxidants. Because of the magnesium and calcium, your nerves and bones will thank you. The copper in these babies will ward of colon cancer and help keep your hair vibrant!
–Turmeric is nature’s anti-inflammatory. All disease starts with inflammation within the body, so warding off inflammation is the key to longevity and health! Eating turmeric with a tiny bit of pepper makes curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) WAY more easily absorbable for your body,
–Nutritional yeast (NOOCH) is a vegan’s best friend when it comes to anything cheezy. Plus it’s packed with B12, all vegans and non-vegans need more of this! B12 is found in microbes in the soil (which is eaten by animals, then humans eat the animals), but the soil is becoming depleted of nutrients and vitamins, so the best way to ensure you’re receiving all the B12 you need is to eat fortified B12 foods (like some plant-based milks), eat nutritional yeast every day, or be safe and take a B12 supplement. But, ‘Nooch’ is the most delicious way to get your B12.
Vegan Turmeric Cheese Log
Time: Actually ‘doing stuff’ time: 10 minutes. Soak and chill time: 7-24 hrs
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, then strained and rinsed (OR if you’re in a hurry, pour boiling water over your raw cashews and let soak for 1.5 hours)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- zest of half lemon (zest before cutting and sweezing the lemon)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh chives, minced
- Blend all ‘cheeze’ ingredients together until smooth and creamy in your food processor (scrape down sides)
- Place mixture into two layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and squeeze into desired shape (you can re-shape after too). Tighten by twisting the mesh cloth.
- Leave your ‘cheeze’ in the fridge over a colander (some liquid may drip out) for at least 6 hours (the longer the better!)
- Take it out of the cheese cloth and roll it into a log, then coat it with thyme and chives (a bit messy but helps the log keep it’s shape!)
- Serve with your favourite crackers, chips, or veggies! I’ve used my friend Eve’s Crackers here!