Party cheese!

I did it! I made a firm party cheese and one that could sit on a plate, not a bowl, and be enjoyed by all my holiday party guests!

They oooooohhhhhhhed and aaaaaaaahhhhhhhed and they ate my cashew cheese, just as they ate the dairy cheeses.

I got the idea from my stretchy mozzarella. Simply add a starch and non-dairy cheese firms! Magic!

I was very proud of my little cheese. πŸ™‚

Dill & cayenne party cheese, vegan

Dill & cayenne party cheese

The best part (or a really great part) about making your own non-dairy cheese is it’s completely customizable.

I simply felt a little like spicy dill, so that’s what we had.

Amazing!

I can eat whatever kind of cheese I want, any time, because I almost always have a bowl of soaking cashews.

Recipe:

Cup or so of soaked cashews

3 garlic cloves

juice of one lemon

2 TBS nutritional yeast

salt and pepper

water

2 TBS corn starch

Blend the cashews, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt and pepper in a food processor.

Add enough water to get the mixture moving and stop to scrape the bowl until everything is well incorporated.

Pour mixture into pot and add corn starch.

Heat on very low, while stirring very frequently, until the mixture thickens.

Pour the mixture into any shape you want your future party cheese to resemble in plastic wrap.

I chose a log.

vegan party cheese log

Party cheese log

I wrapped it up tightly and placed in the fridge to continue to firm.

I gave it an hour, then unwrapped and rolled one log in dill and lightly dusted the other in cayenne.

The party was wonderful and I was pleased to have my share of the cheese display, finally.

Happy Parties. πŸ™‚

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