|Moussaka with Vegan Cheese Sauce|
But even though I can't have dairy, I still want that cheesy taste. I have tried plenty of dairy free vegan cheese sauces, some made with nutritional yeast, some made with non dairy milks, etc... This one is made with a combination of the two- I've made it with both homemade sunflower milk and homemade almond milk and it is simply divine.
You can use this vegan cheese sauce any way you'd usually use cheese. It works as a white sauce for things like ravioli, you can drizzle it over dairy free pizza in place of cheese, you can use it as a cheese topping for moussaka, lasagna, etc... Today I mixed it with my wild greens stuffed baked potatoes. Or, like my husband, who proclaims this sauce is absolutely delicious... you can just eat it by the spoonful out of the pan.
Does it taste exactly like cheese? No. But it definitely has a cheesy taste and fulfills my cravings for cheese.
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
4-5 cups almond milk or sunflower milk
3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/2-1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4-1/2 cup potato starch, corn starch, or tapioca starch
1. Chop up the onions and garlic. Saute in oil until golden.
2. Add everything else other than the potato starch and whisk well. Use less almond milk/sunflower milk if you want a richer flavor. Start out with milk, then add more if you feel like it.
3. Heat up to boiling, cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn off fire.
4. Blend up the onions and garlic, ideally with a stick blender. It doesn't have to be perfect, you just want fewer chunks and more smooth.
5. Take about a cup of the sauce out of the pan and let it cool off. Mix it with 1/4-1/2 a cup starch until there are no clumps. 1/2 cup starch will make the sauce very thick, 1/4 will make it thin like a cream sauce. Depending on what you want to use it for, decide how thick you want it to be.
6. Add the starchy sauce to the pot and heat up, mixing the whole time, until it is all thickened.
Do you ever make vegan cheese sauce? What is in yours? What is your favorite way to use it? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?