Herb-crusted cashew cheese - dairy-free and easy

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You probably have all ingredients for this vegan cheese at home already. I wanted to make a version using house-hold ingredients. No agar and no tapioca starch, just good old corn starch really did the trick to hold the cheese together. And then i crusted it in herbs for the extra bit of flavour and wow effect. I even surprised myself how amazing it tasted!


I was looking for an even easier way of making cashew cheese! I made it a few times using agar to hold it together. But it's not that easy to find and expensive as well. So I was looking at alternatives.


I've heard of tapioca but my local supermarket didn't have it so I kept on searching for something that can easily be found anywhere.

And the answer was corn starch. I've actually used it in a few dishes before, mainly to thicken sauces, but it's actually super useful to firm up dishes.


I tried a few times until I got the consistency right and voila, here is the result. Don't worry, you won't taste the corn starch at all! At a certain temperature it changes consistency and becomes absolutely tasteless.


And then I added herbs to it as well for taste and the wow factor. A perfect vegan dish for a party - or for yourself. But don't ask me how long it will last in the fridge. I made it yesterday and it's almost finished. I will deffo finish it off today ;-)


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Herb-crusted cashew cheese - dairy-free and easy


This vegan cashew cheese will definitely impress when served at a party - not just with its taste but also with its looks!


vegan herb crusted cashew cheese - dairyfree


Just coat the vegan cashew cheese in Herbs de Provence. You could also add a bit of black pepper to it.


vegan herb crusted cashew cheese - dairyfree


Have it with some veggies on the side. I sliced up some radishes, red peppers and had some olives on the side. THe perfect combination!


vegan herb crusted cashew cheese - dairyfree


That was my dinner: toasted panini with some hummus instead of butter, then rocket, red pepper, radishes and topped with the herb cheese. I still can't believe how amazing it tasted even though it's not real cheese!





INGREDIENTS:


Vegan cashew cheese ingredients:

  • 75g unsalted cashew nuts
  • 150ml water
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp garlic powder

Other ingredients:

  • Herbs de provence

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METHOD:


All you have to do is add all cashew cheese ingredients into a good blender and blend until you get a very smooth consistency.


Then pour the mixture into a pan and heat up. Make sure you stir constantly. After a few minutes it will change texture and turn into a thick paste.


Transfer the paste into a tupperware dish and even out so it's neatly packed into the dish.


Let set in the fridge for 1 hour or until it has completely cooled down.


Then sprinkle some herbs de Provence on a plate. Coat the cheese on all sides. Enjoy!


Yes, that was it already, so simple!!


And if you like vegan dairy-free cheese you must also try my most popular recipe ever - the vegan cranberry cheese, it's just divine.




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