This is a recipe completely created by my super awesome and talented sister. She’s always had more of any eye for gourmet food, while I’ve always been more of the ‘down home’ country style cooking. Not sure what that even means really, but I think she makes much ‘prettier’ food than I do.
Anyway, she made this the other day and she loved it, so naturally I had to try it too. It sounded crazy, but I knew if she liked it, chances are I would too.
Vegan Parmesan ‘Cheese’
½ cup of raw walnuts
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 tsp coarse ground sea salt
Chop the walnuts until they are a coarse texture. Mix in the nutritional yeast and salt. In a coffee grinder, grind for about 7 seconds per amount (I have a tiny coffee grinder). It does leave a few chunks because part of the walnuts start to make a ‘butter’. It’s better to have a few larger pieces for texture anyway, the main thing to be concerned with is not over grinding the mix.
Mix in a bowl with a fork to separate any sections that were close to that walnut-butter texture and then put in a container in the fridge. Pull it out to use it like you would parmesan cheese. It’s obviously a bit nuttier than the original, but the strong, and pleasantly sharp, flavor does the job. A+! Also, it’s hard to resist plain ;)