I use to love cheese. So much so, that some of my friends when we were in high-school would see me and say "Hey, got any cheese?" Mmm. Brie, Munster, Provolone, Swiss, Gouda... In fact, there wasn't a cheese that I tasted and didn't like. I think what I missed most is the companion to whatever it was that I was eating. Apples, slices of meat, breads.
I have made progress on the bread situation (some of my breads are here) so cheese was next.
Many of the cheese alternative products out there have casein which is derived from dairy milk. And soy. Neither of which jive for me.
This recipe was adapted from an awesome site that I am in love with called Healthy Living How To.
Almond 'Cream Cheese'
1 cup blanched almonds (make sure they are blanched or you can blanch them on your own)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Dash of salt
In a KitchenAid or other electric mixer, place the blanched almonds and 1/4 cup of the water. Mix on the lowest level and then add in the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Add in the rest of the water and put on the next level and then the level after so that it is whipping the 'cheese.' Add in the salt and whip some more.
There ya' have it. Some pretty good imitation cheese. Its no brie, but it's a nice substitute ;) I had it today with carrots and some salami for an afternoon snack.
I just had a thought that I'm not sure I can shake... Grain-free bagel with lox, capers and this cheese? Um I think I have to do some investigating...