The nacho cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled, cubed white potato (about 1 small potato) (we used russet potato)
  • ½ cup peeled, diced carrot (about 1 carrot)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup nondairy milk or water (we used plain soy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons arrowroot flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 pickled jalapeño slices or to taste (we used 6 pickled jalapeño slices), plus 3 tablespoons brine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

Directions

  1. Take a pot (we used a large saucepan) of water and bring it to a boil. Add the potato and carrot to the water, letting it cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork-tender*. Drain the carrots and potatoes and add them to a high-powered blender right afterwards.
  2. Add all of the other ingredients to the blender and put the lid on afterwards, mixing on high speed just until smooth. If the cheese has cooled down too much, you can reheat this in a saucepan for a few minutes over low heat until it’s bubbling or just microwave the cheese (we chose to reheat this in a saucepan). If you think the cheese has lost its smooth consistency during reheating, try adding in a small amount of water or nondairy milk.

*You don’t want to cook the potatoes too long or else they can get starchy and therefore prevent you from getting a nice smooth cheese.

Yields around 1 ½ cups.

This recipe really makes you feel like you’re eating actual nacho cheese ! Having it on chips with extra pickled jalapeño slices took us right back to times spent going out to see a movie and munching on some nachos ! The cheese does have a bit of tanginess to it (thanks to the brine and lemon juice) but it doesn’t overwhelm the cheesy flavor. Between it’s creaminess and flavor, we’d love to try making a macaroni and cheese using this nacho cheese !

This recipe came from “Vegan Comfort Classics” by Lauren Toyota.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote the cookbook or Lauren Toyota.

Take care everybody !

Nacho Cheeze Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups plain nondairy milk or water (we used plain soy milk)
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (we used smoked paprika)
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, or to taste (we went with ½ teaspoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized saucepan, stirring until the mixture’s lump free. Cook until the sauce has reached your desired consistency, stirring frequently during that time (we stirred constantly). Enjoy eating right away !

So for anyone who eats dairy-based nacho cheese, this probably won’t convince them that this is the same thing but we think it’s equally delicious ! The sauce was creamy, had a smokiness to it and had a little bit of spiciness to it. We thought it tasted delicious being used as a dip with pretzels but we would be interested in trying this out with other foods as well. The recipe never specifies a heat setting for cooking the “cheeze” sauce on but we think it’s better cooking it on a low to medium-low heat. Hope y’all enjoy this as much as we did !

We got this recipe from “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food” by Alicia G. Simpson.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote the cookbook or Alicia G. Simpson.

Take care everybody !