Vegan American Cheese Slices

Vegan American Cheese Slices from Vegan Cheese by Jules Aron

The same classic American cheese taste you grew up with: mild, firm, and satisfying. These creamy golden-hued vegan American cheese slices are perfect sliced on sandwiches and crackers. Recipe and photo from Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes by Jules Aron, ©2017 by Countryman Press, reprinted by permission.

Makes: An approximately 1-pound block
Prep and cook time: under 30 minutes
Wait time: 2 to 4 hours

Cheese

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked, drained, and rinsed
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water, filtered
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Agar Gel

  • ½ cup cold water, filtered
  • 4 teaspoons agar powder

Place all the cheese ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Leave the cheese mixture in the blender.

To make the agar gel, whisk the cold water and the agar together in a saucepan. Let it soak for 5 minutes then bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, whisking often, for 5 to 8 minutes, to activate the agar.

Once the agar mixture is ready, quickly transfer it to the cheese mixture in the blender and process until it becomes homogenous. Pour the mixture into a container and cover. Refrigerate until firm and set, at least 2 to 4 hours.

Wrap the cheese in waxed paper and store in a sealed container. Will keep, refrigerated, for 1 to 2 weeks.

Tip: Soaking the cashews in water for 4 to 8 hours makes the puree creamier and easier to process.

Vegan American Cheese Slices from Vegan Cheese by Jules Aron

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