I made vegan cheese dip, aka vegan queso, yesterday for a gathering I had. A friend overheard me discussing it and said, “seriously, there’s no cheese in this? You can’t tell!” SUCCESS!
The cheese sauce is very versatile. Last weekend I used it to make a vegan mac & cheese. So far my husband has been very unimpressed with vegan mac & cheese recipes that are heavy on the nutritional yeast. This recipe only uses 1/8 cup. He loved it! He loved it again last night as the vegan queso, and will love it again today on a baked potato with broccoli & cheese sauce!
Not only is it delicious but it’s also easy! Just throw the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth then cook it in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can do what I did: Put a same size or bigger pot on top of a pot of boiling water. Voila!
Edit: I’ve become lazy and no longer do the double boiler method. I simply put it in a saucepan on medium-high heat and let it cook until desired consistency. Just make sure to whisk it consistently so it doesn’t clump or burn on the bottom of the pan.
3/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
4 oz. pimentos
1/8 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp vegan butter
2 tbsp cornstarch
(Pepper to taste if using for mac & cheese)
1 vegan not-chicken bouillon cube. I use Edwards & Sons. If your grocery doesn’t carry it you can order it online here: http://www.edwardandsons.com/es_shop_bouillon.itml
1 cup non-dairy milk ( I use Rice Dream’s rice milk) or an additional cup of water.
1 lb cooked macaroni noodles
Add cashews & water to blender & blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients except for the milk (or 2nd cup of water) and continue blending until mixed well.
Pour mixture into the top of a double boiler. Add the cup of non-dairy milk (or an additional cup of water) to the blender and swish around to remove remaining sauce and add to double boiler.
Heat until thickened, about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Toss with cooked noodles and season with salt & pepper to taste.