Feta Vegan ala Vivienne
- 23 Nov, 2023
If you love feta but follow a plant-based diet, this recipe is for you
All our recipes are created, validated, and tested by Vivienne Savourer bon amiDr Direct Food Consultant. The attached blog has been written and edited with love by, Vivienne, https://plantbasednews.org/veganrecipes/dinner/how-to-make-vegan-feta/
Vegan Macadamia feta recipeVivienne developed this vegan feta to recreate the crumbly, rich, and creamy textures and flavors of sheep and goat feta cheese using macadamia nuts. Macadamia feta can be used in lots of recipes. It’s especially good in my Macadamia Feta and Herb Scones (page 205), or enjoyed on pizzas, salads, and pastas. The process takes at least 3-4 days, so plan accordingly.
What are macadamia nuts?
Macadamia nuts are smooth, buttery-flavored nuts that originate from the macadamia tree, native to Australia. They have gained worldwide popularity for their rich, creamy taste.
The nuts are used to create vegan feta cheese due to their unique characteristics that closely mimic the texture and richness of traditional feta. These nuts have a naturally creamy and buttery texture, which, when blended, provides a smooth and rich base ideal for replicating the crumbly yet creamy consistency of feta cheese.
Macadamias have a subtle, slightly sweet flavor that can easily be enhanced with additional ingredients like lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and herbs to mimic the tangy and salty taste of feta. Their high fat content, predominantly consisting of healthful monounsaturated fats, contributes to the luxurious mouthfeel and satisfying richness
What will you need:
- 1¼ cups 150 g natural macadamia nuts
- (2¼ cups) 550 g filtered water
- Divided zest of 2 lemons
- ¼ cup 50 g lemon juice
- garlic 5 g (about 2 cloves)
- 3½ tablespoons 20 g nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon 2.5 g fine sea salt
- 2 tbsp) 5 g agar-agar flakes or powder
- 14¼ cups 1 kg filtered water. Use Zero water, Brita, etc...
- ¼ cup) fine sea salt 50 g
Vivienne Helpful Instructions
You Can Prepare The Brine at Your Convenience
Meanwhile, prepare the brine
- In a medium saucepan, bring the 1kg (4¼ cups) filtered water to a boil, then add the salt. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Pour the cooled brine into a container large enough to fit the slab of feta, cover, and set aside in the fridge overnight.
Prepare the feta
- Place the macadamia nuts in a 1L (4-cup) glass jar or other container. Add 300g (1¼ cups) of the filtered water. Cover and let soak in the fridge overnight.
- 1½ inches (14 × 9 × 4cm) to set the feta in. Lightly spray or wipe the inside with extra-virgin olive oil, then line it with a sheet of plastic wrap, pressing into all the corners and stretching out as many creases as possible.
- Drain the nuts and transfer to a high-speed blender. Add the remaining 250g (1 cup) filtered water, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, nutritional yeast, and salt. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds, then slowly increase to high speed, blending until the creamy mixture is smooth and beginning to heat, 2 to 3 minutes
- Add the agar-agar. Blend, starting on low speed and slowly increasing to high, for about 4 minutes to activate the setting properties of the agar-agar. The cream will be very hot. Pour the cream mixture into the prepared container and let cool for 15 minutes. Cover the container with the lid and place in the fridge to set overnight.
Brine the feta
- The next morning, remove the feta from the fridge. Using the plastic wrap as handles, gently lift the set feta from the container and transfer it to the chilled brine container (ensuring that the feta is submerged in the brine). Cover and return to the fridge for at least 2 days and up to 5 days, depending how firm or salty you like your feta.
- Once the feta is brined to your liking, gently remove it from the brine (discarding the brine) and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
- These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
With Love and Infinite Wisdom, Vivienne: Savourer bon ami.
Some of the recipe excerpted from BReD by Edward Tatton and Natasha Tatton. Copyright © 2023