"Meaty" Cheddar Queso

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INGREDIENTS:

Cashew Queso:

  • 1 bag of frozen meatless crumbles (we like Beyond Meat brand, but use your favorite)
  • 1 cup cashews soaked in hot water for one hour or microwaved for 3 minutes
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup of tapioca/corn starch or arrow root powder
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 small can of chili peppers
  • a few shakes of favorite hot sauce

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients except the, crumbles, chilis and hot sauce to a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Process and blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth (no lumps at all).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium size pot and cook on medium heat, stirring with a whisk continually until the mixture thickens.
  4. Once the queso gets to a pudding like texture remove it from the heat and mix in the chilis and hot sauce.
  5. Heat the crumbles in a pan until cooked.
  6. In a baking dish or smalls cast iron skillet, combine the queso and cooked crumbles. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve with chips, rolled tortillas, or veggies. Add to burritos or enchiladas. 

My favorite vegan cookbook is “Veganize It!” by Robin Robertson. I adapted her recipe for cashew “cheese” sauce and created this queso. If you omit the hot sauce and chiles, and meat you will be left with a very versatile cheddar “cheese” sauce.