Whew, fun weekend!
I had the honor of attending a wine and cheese party on Saturday, which was exciting because it deviates from the norm of my weekend social activities. The idea was for us to get all fancied up and bring wine, cheese or chocolate to share with the group. The invite said there would be a small selection of vegan options, but I decided to take it upon myself to bring something awesome.
I hadn’t made this little gem before but I saw it made at a vegan potluck/cooking demonstration a year or so ago and tried the finished product so I knew it was delish. Thankfully, it turned out even better than I’d remembered, and everyone at the party loved it! It’s fabulous paired with gluten free crackers or eaten alone 🙂
1 Cup Slivered & Blanched Almonds
1/4 Cup Cashews, soaked for an hour
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Coconut Sugar
1/3 of a 14 oz Block of Firm Tofu (well drained)
1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
2 tsp. Red Wine
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp. Fresh Chives
3/4 Cup of Finely Chopped Walnuts (to coat outside)
Place almonds and cashews into a food processor with the salt and sugar and blend until it’s ground up for about 2 minutes or until clumps start to form.
Measure 1/3 of a block of tofu from a 14oz block. Drain tofu in a strainer by smashing and pressing firmly. Using a paper towel to soak up some of the water helps too. It’s important to get as much water as you can out.
Now add the tofu to the almond and cashew paste that’s already in the food processor along with the red wine, rice vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and onion powder and blend about 2 minutes. Mixture should resemble extra thick mashed potatoes. Mix in chives with a spoon.
Pile mixture into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in fridge and Let this chill for at least 2 hours, but the longer the better (I stuck it in the freezer for the last 1/2 hour). Shaped the mixture into a ball and roll in chopped walnuts to coat.
And voila! Vegan cheese ball! I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my friends and I did…it’s a winner for sure!