Growing up, my nickname was Mäuschen or Little Mouse because I loved cheese so much. So could I have just one go-to vegan cheese recipe? No way! I have several. Here’s another.
This creamy, spreadable cheese is flavoured with herbs and is wonderful on crackers or as shown here on toasted bread with a topping of braised onions and apples.
Ingredients for the cheese
1 cup raw cashews soaked for 2-4 hours
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
½ cup water
½ tsp miso paste
1 Tbsp lemon juice (about ¼ of a lemon)
½ to ¾ tsp sea salt
¾ tsp dried minced onions (you can substitute 1 Tbsp fresh, minced chives if you have them)
½ tsp garlic powder
1 -2 tsp fresh dill finely chopped
1-2 tsp fresh, chopped parsley (optional)
Add the cashews, hemp seeds, water, miso, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder and minced onion (do not add fresh chives if you’re using these!) to a blender and process until very smooth. Have patience and persistence – the smoother the better.
Add the fresh dill and any other fresh herbs you’re using and stir to combine
Store the cheese in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Let it sit for a few hours before serving to let the flavours blend. This cheese will keep for a few days in the fridge.
You can find two more vegan cheese recipes – for a ricotta and a mozzarella-style cheese in my easy 3-cheesey lasagna recipe.
To make the braised onion and apples
1 onion sliced
1 ½ apples cored and diced – do not peel. You can use any kind of apple, but I would go for a less expensive variety for this dish.
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp maple syrup
Heat the olive oil on medium heat in a large frying pan or other wide-bottomed sauce pan. Add the onion and cook until it starts to soften – about 5 minutes. Add the apple and maple syrup and continue to sauté on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes. The onions will become golden and the apples will be soft but still in pieces – you don’t want to make an apple sauce!
Serve on top of the spreadable cream cheese or you can even mix it into the cheese and then spread on bread or crackers.