Vegan Nacho Cheese
The history of the cheese
Cheese was one of my favorite things when I was a kid. Anyone who knew me, knew I would smother almost anything in cheese. It's a classic party favorite, it has a little kick to it, and it was delicious on almost everything.
When I was younger my family would always have an excuse for some kind of get together whether it was for a family party, a holiday or a sports event. My favorite things about those get together's were 1.) My parents would get tipsy drunk so I pretty much could do whatever I wanted. 2.) I could eat all the nacho cheese that I could get my hands on. The only downfall with get together's is nacho cheese is a favorite for everyone so it went really fast. Because let's be honest who doesn't love cheese?
One of the things that made nacho cheese my favorite was that little spice it had. I love spicy foods; put that in cheese and you would have made a forever fan out of me. But Nacho cheese is great because the spicyness isn't overwhelming. So it's tolerable for most everyone which is why it make such a great party food.
Hello, it's also delicious on everything! You can keep it classic and dip it in chips or pretend you're sticking to your "diet" and dip it in vegetables. Whatever it is that you prefer nacho cheese on, is more often than not going to be delicious and in my opinion going to make it just that much better.
Then I went vegan; making the decision to cut all animal products out of my diet. I sadly, but firmly said goodbye to all things cheese, for a good cause. I'm not the biggest fan of vegan cheese so I thought that I would most likely never eat nacho cheese again.
Then Magic happened! I took a trip down to see my boyfriend who at the time lived in Texas and we were in a long distance relationship (he has since moved to live with me). He took me to a local place called Kirby Lane Cafe. Now they weren't completely vegan, but they had a lot of vegan options which is freaking awesome! They had a certain something that I had been dying to try ever since my boyfriend had told me about it! They had vegan queso, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! So when I took my first bite it rocked my world! A couple of things happened all at once, I contemplated never leaving the restaurant, I also realized that I still have so much to learn about being vegan even after two years and last but not least a vegan nacho cheese was possible and I had some work to do.
After some research and a couple of trial and errors, I've made the best vegan nacho cheese. My boyfriend, friends and I can not stop eating it!
Time to get baked
- 2 lg Russet potatoes
- 3 lg Whole carrots
- 1/2 Cup of nutritional yeast
- 1/3 Cup water
- 1/3 Cup oil
- 1 4oz Can of diced jalapeno's ( Don't drain)
- Salt to taste
1.) Wash and chop potatoes and carrots leaving skin* on potatoes.
2.) Steam potatoes and carrots for 25 minutes or until tender.
3.) Transfer potatoes and carrots into blender add oil and water, blend on high until smooth. *you should have a nice baby food consistency and taste (I suggest not trying it at this stage)
4.) Add nutritional yeast and salt, blend on high.
5.) Add the whole can of jalapeno's, blend on low.
6.) Taste & enjoy ( you may need to add more salt at this stage you will know when it's the right amount when you get it promise)
* Now your probably saying wait, wait, wait you don't peel the potatoes? Yes that is correct trust me don't peel the potatoes it changes the taste if you do.
* Why not add it all into a blender at once? I have two reasons for you. 1.) Your blender might not fit it all so you might end up with a bigger mess than you are going to want. 2.) If in the chance that your blender can fit it all I still suggest not blending it all at once because this will change the taste. Blending it on low when adding the jalapeno keeps the jalapeno from blending completely so you will have little chunks of jalapenos left.