How to Make Vegan Cheese at Home
It’s always more fun to DIY. Every week on Food52, we’ll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.
Today: McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped makes a cheesy, cheese-free spread that you can eat on anything from salads to potatoes to sandwiches.
Cashew cheese is perfect for dairy-free living — and for anyone who wants to try something new. Not only does is this creamy, cheesy spread made using gluten-free and vegan ingredients, but it comes together quickly and it’s endlessly versatile. Non-dairy lovers, rejoice!
This “cheese” has been a staple of mine in the kitchen since I stopped eating dairy. What makes this recipe especially delicious is the nutritional yeast, which contributes to the cheesy flavor and also, yes, adds nutrition.
More: Nutritional yeast is also the magical ingredient in vegan pesto.
Consider this fair warning: cashew cheese is so delicious you may find yourself wanting to consume the whole bowl. If you’re looking for creative uses for cashew cheese, here are a few ideas:
- Dollop it onto baked potatoes, salads, fresh pasta, or scrambled eggs.
- Use it as a dip for vegetables, fruits, or crackers.
- Make a quick salad dressing with a tablespoon of cashew cheese and a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Make a cheese sauce with 1/4 cup cashew cheese, 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and 1/2 cup of almond milk.
- Simply spread it onto sandwiches, cracker, wraps, and toast.
» RELATED: So you’ve eaten your fill of cashew cheese and crackers. Now, make vegan chocolate pie for dessert.