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Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread

Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread

Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread

I have a little bit of a thing for cashews. They’re my favorite ingredient for veganizing all kinds of dairy-things. They do the job, and when I find something I like, I stick with it. I’ve played around with a good bit of vegan cheese-making in my kitchen, and nearly all of it has involved cashews.

Well, I’m glad I finally got a little nudge to branch out. That nudge would be getting my hands on a copy of This Cheese Is Nuts! by Julie Piatt. It’s got plenty of cashew recipes, as you might expect from a book all about nut cheeses, but there’s lots more too! Hazelnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, and as you probably figured out by the title of this post, almonds!

Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread

I was actually a little dubious before trying out the smoked almond cheddar spread. Almonds are firmer than cashews and they have a pretty distinct flavor to me. Now that I’ve tried it, I think almonds might be a new go-to vegan cheesemaking ingredient in my kitchen.

The smoked almond cheddar has a little bit of texture to it that you don’t get with cashew cheeses, and it totally works. Also, that little bit of almond sweetness comes through and really compliments the smoky flavors. It was so good I was licking the bowl.

Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread

I’m really excited about experimenting with different types of nuts (and other ingredients) as I explore this book more. It includes not just recipes for vegan cheese, but also cheesy vegan dishes like almond fettuccine Alfredo, provolone baked in phyllo dough, and raw beet ravioli with cashew-macadamia nut aged truffle cheese. As far as the straight-up cheese recipes go, I’m really looking forward to trying the cashew camembert, cashew bleu cheese (which even looks like bleu cheese!), and ancho chili nacho cheese.

You can buy This Cheese is Nuts! on Amazon.

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6 Comments

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    Tandi
    June 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I LOVE this!! It is hard to find a simple nut cheese recipe you make make and eat on the same day! This looks fantastic!

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      Alissa
      June 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      It’s really delicious! I hope you give it a try, and enjoy it! 🙂

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    Desi Cooks
    July 4, 2017 at 6:19 am

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    Stephanie Dreyer
    July 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I just bought this cookbook and can’t wait to cook my way through it!

    • Reply
      Alissa
      July 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

      It’s quickly become one of my favorites. I hope you love it too!!

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    beth c
    July 21, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Yum this sounds delicious!! Thanks- I can’t wait to try it!

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