Vegan Recipe: Smoked Almond Cheddar

smoked almond cheddar

Photo: Leia Marasovich

Ingredients

2 cups raw almonds
1/2 to 3/4 cup pimientos from a jar, plus 1/2 to 3/4 cup packing liquid
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 3/4 teaspoons smoked sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Easy pre-rinse the almonds well. Place them in water in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Directions

1. Drain the almonds. In the bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, pimientos, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup pimiento liquid. Process until the mixture is well incorporated.
2. Remove the lid and test the cheese for texture and salt content. If you want a smoother spread, add pimiento liquid in small increments and process again. Add more salt if needed.
3. Serve this with crackers and fresh pears

Reprinted from This Cheese is Nuts: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by arrangement Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017, Julie Piatt.

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