It’s Somer Saturday and I’m really REALLY obsessed with Annie’s Cashew Cheez. Ever since she emailed me a demo recipe, vegan life has changed as I know it. I thought I was over cheese, and was starting to be a little snobby, even shunning the likes of Daiya, Teese and Sheese since they are all refined and made of ….I don’t know what…. vegan garbage?
I read through Annie’s ingredient list, no artificial anything, no weird fillers, no hydrogenated oils, no artificial colors or flavors. Then I read her post – oh man, the cheez looked so beautiful.I was pining away after it. I had to make it. I had to eat it.
And now I’m going to share with you the best recipe I have made with it to date.
Thin Crust Sriracha BBQ Tofu and Moxerella Pizza
1/4 recipe of the Moxeralla Cashew Cheez, grated
1 recipe Whole Wheat Thin Crispy Crust
1 recipe Sriracha BBQ Sauce
1 recipe Sriracha BBQ Tofu
1 recipe Caramelized Onions
2 T. Chopped Cilantro
First do these things the day before: 1- Make the cheez (adaptation below). 2- Drain a block of extra firm tofu, stick it in a ziplock and chuck it in the freezer. Freeze tofu overnight, then defrost on the countertop the next morning.
Moxerella Cashew Cheez
adapted from anunrefinedvegan.com
Ingredients: 1 Package Pamona’s Pectin (you can find it at Whole Foods and other Health Food Stores), 2 C. Ground Raw Cashews, 3 C. Water- divided, 3 T. Lemon Juice, 1/4 C. Nutritional Yeast, 2 t. sea salt and 1 clove minced garlic
Method: Lightly oil a loaf pan or small round casserole dish. In a small lidded jar, mix 1/2 C. of the water with the small calcium packet from the pectin package, set aside. Heat the other 2.5 cups water til nearly boiling. Pour water into power blender. Add pectin, and all other ingredients except calcium water. Blend until smooth. QUICKLY add calcium water and pulse til incorporated. Immediately pour into the prepared pan or dish. Let set uncovered for a minimum of an hour. Remove cheez from the mold and place upside down on a plate. Return to fridge uncovered for a minimum of 4 more hours until firm enough to grate.
Next, make Sriracha BBQ Sauce
Sriracha BBQ Sauce
Combine: 1/2 C. organic ketchup, 2 T. agave nectar, 2 T. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, 1 T. apple cider vinegar, 1 t. molasses, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 t. liquid smoke, 1/2 to 2 t. Sriracha Hot Sauce (to taste) and a few grinds of pepper.
Next make Sriracha BBQ Tofu
Sriracha BBQ Tofu
Half of this recipe never made it to the pizza. It is so good! Method: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drain as much water from defrosted block of tofu as possible with paper towels. Slice into pieces and then drain again with paper towels. Put tofu in a bowl and drizzle with 1/4 C. above sauce. Put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet and arrange tofu on it. Bake for 10 minutes or until it starts to get lovely little crispy bits.
Next make Caramelized Onions
Ingredients: 1 jumbo sweet onion, thinly sliced (or 2-3 regular sized onions), 2 t. molasses, 1 t. salt and a few grinds of pepper. Method: Heat a skillet over high heat, add a cup of water and all of the above ingredients, occasionally stir and replenish water if skillet gets dry before the onions are completely translucent. Total cooking time can take 15-20 minutes. This recipe makes about 2.5 to 3 C. caramelized onions.
Next make Whole Wheat Thin Crispy Crust while the onions are caramelizing.
Whole Wheat Thin Crispy Crust
Ingredients: 1.5 C. white whole wheat flour, 3/4 C. warm water, 1 t. active dry yeast, 1 T. vital wheat gluten, 1 t. salt. Method: in your favorite kneading apparatus (perhaps a bowl, and then your hands) combine all the above ingredients. Knead until elastic. Let rest 10 minutes. Roll with a rolling pin into the shape of a baking sheet, crust should be VERY thin. Press crust into lightly oiled baking sheet. Set aside.
Assemble: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush remaining sriracha BBQ sauce over the thin crispy crust, layer caramelized onions over the sauce, next arrange pieces of the BBQ tofu over the onions, sprinkle the moxerella cashew cheez over the whole pizza, sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Bake on middle rack for 15 minutes or until cheez starts to brown.
Still following me? Phew, I thought I was getting a little long winded.
Oh, you’re still here and you want that salad dressing recipe too?
Miso Cashew Ranch Dressing
Ingredients: 1/2 C. Raw Cashews, 1 1/4 C. unsweetened almond milk, 1 heaped T. white or yellow miso, 3 t. chia seeds, 1/2 t. sea salt, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 t. onion powder, 1 t. dried dill, 2 T. fresh parsley 1/2 t. ground black pepper, dash cayenne. Method: Blend all ingredients except dill and parsley until completely smooth. Add dill and parsley and pulse until just mixed in.
Yay for Somer Saturday!!!
Thanks!!! I didn’t post on Tasty Tuesday because I was too sick to conjure up a post with any real content. So I had to make today’s post doubly good!
Somer, this looks soooooo good! The ranch dressing cozying up to the BBQ tofu…wow.
Don’t want to toot my own horn but it was one of those eating experiences that was ‘nearly spiritual’ Ha ha! I’m such a heathen. Lots of yummy noises involved!
Toot that horn!!
Move over Buffalo soy curl pizza… you’ve met your match. Thanks for sharing this!
I will have to check out your recipe, is it on your blog? Maybe they can get married 😉
I’m obsessed with Annie’s cashew cheese too! Stay tuned for a cheeseburger recipe that will rock your world!
This pizza looks deceptively sinful! And is there anything that Sriracha can’t do? There’s not a thing I cook that I don’t wonder if I should add the rooster sauce. I love that you did a thin crust too- my favorite kind! I think we need to have a pizza party!
Thank you again for that lovely ranch recipe- I haven’t made it yet, but it’s on my to-do list for this upcoming week. 🙂
I love her guts! Holy crap, dying for your cheezburger recipe. Blogging buddies are the best, I swear it keeps my creative streak going in the kitchen, because it’s not like I can call my carnivore friends for dinner ideas 😉
The pizza really was wickedly good. If you are ever in Utah, we shall party. Do you snowboard? We always have spare passes in the winter, hint hint, and a very cozy guest room.
Sriracha is radical. I’m upping my spice-o-meter, because after years of having ulcerative colitis, I couldn’t handle spice without my stomach going into a tail spin. Now that I’m in remission because of my diet, I’m loving dialing up the heat. Woot Woot for the rooster!
Once you make the ranch, you may end up needing it all the time as a fridge staple. After months on end of putting hummus on all my veggies and sandwiches, I really needed a switcharoo, the ranch was a welcome change!
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I made the cheese recipe with pectin (like your recipe says) instead of the agar agar, and it is ridiculous! I was actually out of lemons and used apple cider vinegar instead and I still had incredible results. And it’s so melty! Thank you, thank you!
I hope you had an awesome weekend and the race went well! Can’t wait to hear about it! 🙂
Yay!!! I’m so glad you love it! I even got my carnivorous dad to sample the pepper-jack version this weekend. HE SAID IT TASTED LIKE CHEESE! I’m forever going to be indebted to Annie!!!
My internet connection went kerplunk the day before the race and I’ve finally got it going! Can’t wait to catch up on your posts my friend! I saw some tasty looking things in my inbox!!!
YOU ARE MAKING ME HUNGRY. YOU are destined to be my personal chef. 😉 This is gorgeous. In every way.
Get your butt over here and we will stuff ourselves with veggies till we are sick, wait, that’s impossible 😉 hehe.
And a love button is needed, like doesn’t do this post justice.
Aw, shucks 😉
This looks great Somer! It all sounds delicious…I love a good cashew cheese and will have to try this for sure! Is that a new (old) camera taking those delicious shots? Awesome!!
Thanks Shira! Yes, Annie is pretty much a genius, I totally hijacked her cashew cheese recipe (with permission and adaptations of course). And yes, it’s the new old camera, pretty rough so far, but I’m determined to figure it out 🙂
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It’s a game changer! Do you have a Whole Foods near you?
I’m in Canada, so there aren’t many, and not where I live. =0(
There is a Natural Food Store, though, so I’ll have a look there when I go next. This is exciting!
If you can’t find it. I’m gonna MAIL you some. For reals! Let me know!
YOU are an angel!
*squishy hugs* right back at you!
Oh my gosh this is a seriously EPIC post! That sounds so amazing. Wanna come over and make it for me 😉
Yes! Booking tickets now! 😉
oh my! i cannot wait to try this recipe!! thanks for checking out my blog and leading me to yours!
Yay! That pizza was the bomb, but the cashew cheez is killer on EVERYTHING. Grilled cheez sandwiches, quesadillas, lasagna, enchiladas…..
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Vegan Pizza to slobber over. Who says vegans don’t have anything to eat?
Sounds wonderful! I’m mostly vegan and always looking for new recipes. Now back to le Tour de France. 🙂 I’ll be poking around here again as I’m always looking for new recipes. I have a few good ones on my site, although they’re not mostly mine, but that’s OK; they still taste fabulous.
I think you and i could be friends! Our tv died last week after the first day of the tdf and it’s killing me! Thanks for another great place to find good food. Aren’t all recipes borrowed in one form or another?
I don’t create a lot of recipes, but I do use the library copiously and find lots of good cookbooks (and good recipes online!) 🙂 As far as le Tour, last year I was going to be somewhere without a TV for part of the time, so I bought the online access (down by then from $29.99 to $19.99) and enjoyed watching whenever I could. I’m a complete Tour addict and have to struggle to make sure I get my work done while it’s on. 🙂
Yay! Poke around! And good recipes are good recipes, no matter who created them, so I’ll be poking around your blog too! I’m always looking for something different!
I am drooling!
Make it girl. You won’t regret it!!!
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This could be a dangerous combo!
Yes, except for the fact that in this case it’s all good for you!!! Seriously the best pizza I’ve ever made, gotta make it again…. Like tonight!
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based on my quick calcs – if you can get cashews for 5.99/lb (I did today – yay!) and you use 10 oz of them, one pamona’s for 3.69, and add the incidentals, you’ll make about 2 1/2 lbs of cheeze. My figuring was that it cost $3.37/lb. I think that’s pretty radical. and yes, I now have a batch in my freezer and a bit in my fridge and I’m pretty much stoked. Now I have to go cut Matt’s hair.
I love that you did this math for me. It makes me feel so much better about making cashew cheez!
This is THE BOMB. Totally making this, although I’ll have to get creative with the crust. AND I’m having a vegan over for pizza on the bbq soon–I think I’ve just found the winning recipe! THANKS!
Oh girl, you will die. Must make the cashew cheez for your vegan friend. I wish I could share it with the whole vegan world. I think it knocks the socks of Daiya!
Well, that can’t be that tough. I’ve tried to like it, but I can’t stand how it sticks to my teeth. And you’re right–what exactly *is* it, anyway? Cheers! And I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂 xx
I don’t like that once it melts it doesn’t know how to re-solidify. It just stays in a gelatinous phase FOREVER. Gross! And yes, it DOES stick to your teeth!
Yeah, it’s weird. Can’t wait to try yours, though!
Let me know what you think….. Obviously I worship it, but I’ve been deprived from real cheese for months on end (self induced) and may think it’s the shiz when really it’s mediocre.
I’m lactose intolerant, so certain cheeses will kill me if I eat them. I do cheat once in a while, but it’s great to have a stomach-pain-free choice! I’ll be honest, but I’m sure it will be yummy. I mean, Annie’s the best, right?
Um, no question. She’s brilliant. Did you know I actually get to hang out with her? She’s here in Utah. LOVE! Talk about meeting your best blogging buddy heaven!
Sure, rub it in. I’m in California, so am unlikely to meet her. Although I love her so much from afar I’m tempted to get in the car and drive there!
Isn’t blogging the best? I’ve met some of the greatest people since I started my blog a year ago! (present company included!)
Hey, never say never! I hear stories of blogging buddies meeting all the time! xoxo!
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Wow this sounds out of this world!! I’ve gotten a little weirded out by the vegan ‘cheese’ options out there as well…thank you SO much for sharing!
Of course! Try it! It will blow you away!
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I HAVE to make that cashew cheez, the commercial substitutes are horrid.
Oh yes, yes you do! This one is my favorite.
Go to it! It rocks the socks off the commercial substitutes! Plus you can freeze half the batch for later.
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MMMMMM,…what an amazing dinner! So rich in real tasty flavours! Yummy Yum!
Why Thank you!!!
p.s. I’m blogging now at http://www.vedgedout.com I’d love you to come check me out there 😉
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Yay! I need to re-post moxeralla on Vedged Out. It’s good! I’m loving your sunflower cheese as well!
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