Make cashew cheese a staple in your kitchen
There are so many ways to use cashew cheese, from drizzles, to dips to creamy dessert like textures. The possibilities are many. Cashew Cheese, as it is commonly called, may also be referred to as a cashew sauce, cashew drizzle, or cashew spread depending on the consistency.
Using cashew cheese is an excellent way to eliminate dairy from your diet without losing all those creamy like condiments, and other tasty dishes typically derived from dairy. The recipe below will provide you a base that you can tweak as you please.
A few different ways to use cashew cheese:
As a drizzle over savory dishes
As a sweet, pudding like dessert
As a dressing, on salads, rice or buddha bowls
As a dip for veggies
As an alfredo like sauce in Italian dishes
As cheese on pizza
Lemony Cashew Cheese
2-4 servings of creamy goodness
1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, boiled or presoaked
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup filtered water, adjust for desired consistency
1 tsp sea salt
1. Boil cashews for 15 minutes or allow to soak for no more than 2 hours
2. Strain and rinse well
3. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients adding water gradually and testing for desired consistency and taste along the way
4. Blend on high for at least one minute, or until smooth
5. Allow to chill or serve immediately
- Timesaver: boil the cashews instead of soaking
- Savory or Sweet: use this recipe as a base, add herbs and other spices to make it more savory, or add maple syrup instead of lemon for a sweet version
- Consistency: use more or less water to make for a drizzle or a thicker dip
Storage: store in refrigerator for 3-4 days, it will thicken over time
FLAVOR COMBO IDEAS:
- Lemony and Peppery Cashew Cheese: use base above and add 1 tsp black pepper
- Sweet Pea Cashew Cheese: use base above, omit lemon and ACV, and add 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp vanilla bean (or vanilla extract)
- Garlicky Lemon Cheese: use base above and add 1-2 cloves roasted or fresh garlic
- Olive You Cashew Cheese: add 1/4 cup of kalamata olives to base above
What is your favorite way to use cashew cheese? Do you like it savory or sweet?
This recipe was created by Jessica Yeager, CNE <–click the pink and come hang out on FB with me!