Friday, July 29, 2011

PIMENTO CHEESE BRICK

PIMENTO CHEESE BRICK (From Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook")

1 1/2 cups water
5 Tbs agar flakes
3/4 cup cashew pieces or tahini
2 Tbs sesame seeds or 1 Tbs tahini
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes
1/2 cup pimentos (or red pepper)
2 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
Put first two ingredients into small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Place remaining ingredients in blender. Add agar mixture when cooked. Blend all ingredients on high 1 - 2 minutes until creamy, stopping blender once or twice to stir contents. Pour into mold and chill overnight.
Variations: To make different flavours, fold in one of the following before pouring cheese into mold.
1. Olive - 3/4 cup finely chopped olives
2. Toasted Sesame - 2 Tbs toasted sesame seeds
3 Caraway - 1 1/2 Tbs caraway seeds
4. Dill - 2 Tbs dill weed powder
5. Onion-Dill - 1 Tbs and 2 tsp onion flakes and 2 1/4 tsp dill seed or dill weed.

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