Vegan Pimento Cheese w/ Homemade Dairy-Free Cheddar Cheese
Difficulty: 3/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 2 hours + 30 minutes
The Challenge: Pimento Cheese
Pimento cheese is on every Southern menu it seems this day and is having itself a renaissance! When I was just a vegetarian, /i loved this creamy, tangy, salty spread. I mean its cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and mayo...so yeh pretty frikin awesome.
Problem. It is verrrry not vegan. So, I thought oh yeah that would be fun to torture myself to make. Well, may trial + errors later, we have a relatively simple pimento recipe anyone can tackle! And oh yeah...its HEAVENLY!!! (angel emoji here).
To make this, we first had to figure out how to make our very own shredded cheddar cheese. It is a crucial part. Recipes call for sharp cheddar normally, so how to make sharp cheddar that can be shredded? Enter agar agar. A seaweed-based gelatin replacement we can use to create a cheddar block that can be shredded. Its vegan BAM. We created a delicious cashew-based cheddar that was so firm it could be shredded. So awesome!!
Then, we mixed that with vegan mayo + cream cheese along with some pimentos (canned red pepper) to make a PERFECT PIMENTO CHEESE. Pair with pretzel sticks, crostini, or your favorite dipper for an absolute treat!!!!
Let's get into it.
- 5 tsp agar agar powder + 1/2 cup water
- 1.5 cups raw cashews
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tbl tahini paste
- 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 6oz vegan cream cheese
- 1/2 cup vegan mayo
- Spices: 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 tsp red chili flakes, 1/8 tsp white pepper, 1/3 tsp salt
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
- 1/2 cup diced pimento, drained
- pretzel sticks or favorite dipper
Equipment You'll Need:
Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Food Processor . Mixing Bowls . Medium Pot . Loaf Pan . Mason Jar . Spatula
Before You Cook:
- Wash and cut all fresh ingredients