Cheese is something that is really hard to give up for many people, myself included. Fortunately, it is fairly simple to create alternatives out of nuts that will satisfy the craving. I hesitate to actually call my cheese alternatives cheese because I think it can set up an expectation that is hard to live up to. I am calling it cheese on this blog to simplify things.
A note about using substitutions. With my recipes, I attempt to create a satisfying experience with each bite. This will not taste exactly like goat cheese, but when you use it in the the way you would use goat cheese, it is intended to give the same flavor satisfaction. Does that make sense?
Several months ago, one of my favorite customers, Allison came into the health food store. She was excited to tell me that she learned of a method of creating a flavorful nut cheese using sauerkraut as the culture. I was of course intrigued and asked if she had a recipe. She didn't have one off hand, so I started experimenting that day! I'm thrilled to say that it works really well. You can use commercial or raw sauerkraut. I have included miso to give it more depth of flavor.
- 1 c cashews or almonds
- 1 c sauerkraut
- 2 T miso
- 2 t Dijon
- 1 t Umeboshi vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Pinch salt (optional)
- Blend very well in either a high power blender or food processor
- If you have a yogurt maker, culture overnight
- If you don’t have a yogurt maker, let sit covered for 2 days
Use it to top pizza, veggies, crumbled in a salad, or anywhere you'd like!
I've also made this omitting the dijon and miso for use in sweets. It makes an out of this word raw cream cheese frosting.
I hope that you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do! And a special thanks to Allison!
On a completely different note, I have perfected the TASTE of my lower fat vegenaise. I'm hoping the texture firms up in the fridge. I know it would with agar, but I want to keep the ingredients as simple as possible, so here's hoping! Regardless, I have the taste down and it's soooooo much like mayonnaise it is almost scary.
Look for that recipe in the next couple of days along with some more base sauces I've been developing! I have a fat free base sauce in the works that's proving to be quite tasty. I used it to top these Middle Eastern Burgers that I had today for my second Mini Meal.
I had some leftover rice and hummus so I threw together some burgers.
Middle Eastern Burgers
- 1 c cooked rice or grain of choice
- 1/2 c hummus
- 1/4 c oats
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1 t toasted sesame seeds
- 1 T gremolata
- Mix everything together
- Let mixture sit for an hour
- Form into 3 patties
- Cook in a cast iron over medium heat for 5 minutes a side
- Top with Tahini Garlic Sauce and Veggies
I am really enjoying going to the store almost daily. It is helping me get more variety into my diet!