Monday, November 1, 2010
"Make Something New" Monday: Colby Cheez
I've had my eye on the Colby Cheez block from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook for a long time. It just always seemed that I didn't have time and raw cashews at the same time.
I bought a brand new bag of cashews today so this recipe was the perfect first choice for my MoFo Mondays.
I did use one variation - I subbed the paprika for the roasted peppers.
Technically, I can't say I made something new. Rather, I started something new. It has to set overnight. But I did use my fingers to help clean the blender and the flavor is already good. Typically the recipes in UUC are better after they've had time to sit for a while to let the flavors meld. The block is already starting to set. I'm hoping to have sliced cheez on toast for breakfast tomorrow!
I'll come back and update tomorrow with a picture and review of the finished product. As of now, what I can say is I can't believe I waited so long to do it because I didn't have time. It took under 1/2 an hour including chopping the cashews.
Point info: (using 2.5 oz cashews as 1/2 cup chopped & using the paprika sub), based on 8 servings per batch. 1 serving=2 points.
It worked! The cheez is not as hard as a dairy block cheese, but it came out of the container, it slices and you can hold a slice in your hand without it falling to pieces.
I ate it for breakfast with a slice of toast (Food For Life Brown Rice Bread) and a serving of delicious green grapes. (Meal point value=5).
The only thing I would probably change next time is to lessen the onion powder by about half if I'm going to eat the cheez plain. It wasn't bad, it was just a little stronger than I remember colby being. (If I were going to add the miso for the cheddar version, I'd leave the onion powder as is).