I am always on the look out for great vegan cheese recipes for my vegetarian friends who just can’t seem to take the plunge to veganism because of their love affair with the almighty powerful drug called “Cheese.” I am on a mission to find the best alternatives that will recreate that warm fuzzy feeling people get from consuming it. So a few weeks ago, low and behold, the “Kick ace extra sharp raw vegan cheddar cheese ball” appeared on my personal Facebook feed… not once, not twice, but three times (a lady). I considered this a sign that I must try this recipe and share it with my lalaraw community! Things as good as this are meant to be shared far and wide!
Note: I cannot take credit for this awesome recipe because it came from another awesome vegan blogger Somer McCowan from vedgedout. I will share my experience with preparing it and serving it to friends and family over the holidays. To get the recipe, simply click here.
The first time I attempted to make this recipe I tried to make it in my Vitamix (not such a great idea). It sounded like I was going to blow up the motor so I transferred it to my food processor with great results. Secondly, I did not have Sherry on hand so I skipped it. Not sure if this would make much of a difference in the flavor but I still plan on trying it down the road. Also, I only had organic unrefined coconut oil and it did leave a definite coconut aftertaste. All in all, we loved the flavor of the cheese ball, except for the strong aftertaste of coconut.
On my second attempt, the real test was serving it to family (die hard cheese lovers) at a family gathering on Christmas Eve. On this attempt, I knew what I was doing and went straight to the food processor and mixed it with ease. I chilled the mixture overnight and then, the next morning, rolled the mixture into the form of a ball and rolled the ball in almond shavings. I also used refined coconut oil and viola – no coconut aftertaste. Perfect. I wrapped the ball with aluminum foil and packed in ice in a travel cooler and off we went (for a 5 hour drive). The entire drive I had a visions of unwrapping my aluminum foil to find a blob of melted cheese. To my surprise, when we arrived, it was perfectly intact and ready to serve. So, I put out my cheese tray… without saying a word and watched!
They came, they ate, they raved. I told them, of course later, it was vegan and everyone wanted the recipe. I don’t think my father-in-law ever realized it was vegan cheese when he whispered, “Make sure to bring any of the leftover home with us tonight!” This, of course, was one of the best Christmas gifts a vegan girl trying to spread the word about vegansism could get!
My take away… loved it! I will be making it for many gatherings for years to come. Thank you, Somer McCowan for such a brilliant recipe! For more great recipes by Somer, check out her website www.vedgedout.com.
Next attempt, I’ll be adding a 20-year-old Sherry to the recipe. It was a gift from my father-in-law. Thank Pops! I think he wants another cheese ball. Enjoy!