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Vegan Garlic Mozzarella – Slice it and Grate it!

This creamy vegan mozzarella is great sliced on bread and crackers but is also solid enough to grate for pizza. The recipe is based on VedgedOut.com’s Foxy Moxy cheese sauce, but has a more complex cheesy flavour due to the addition of homemade cultured cashew cream cheese. This give it more of a authentic cheese “funk.” Also, this cheese is made solid with kappa carageenan, a vegan-friendly seaweed extract.
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Video Tutorial for Vegan Creamy Garlic Mozzarella  Cheese

 
Making the cultured cashew cheese base for this recipe does take a couple days. So if you’re short on time and just want a nice vegan substitute for your pizza/quesadilla/enchilada, you may want check out this video for Foxy Moxy cheese sauce. It taste only minutes to put together. However, if you want something with a bit more dairy-like (but still dairy-free), you should go ahead and make this recipe. It also stores well and will keep in the fridge for a week or two.

vegan cultured cashew cheese

Start with some homemade cultured cashew cheese.

Once you have your cultured cashew base, however, it takes only minutes to prepare. Just mix all the ingredients together in a pot, heat it and stir!

cooking cashew mozzarella on the stove

After the cheese is cooked and so solid that it’s un-stir-able, smooth it into a bowl and chill it so that it is easy to slice and grate.

vegan garlic mozzarella block

My favourite way to have this cheese is to simply slice it and eat it on fresh bread. Just plain is nice but I also like to have it with a touch of dill and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. It’s just really delicious. I can imagine this would be amazing for caprese salad.

vegan mozzarella and dill on bread slice

You can also have this cheese grated on pizza. It doesn’t have the same stretch as the original Foxy Moxy cheese but has more mozzarella flavour. Next, I want to try this grated cheese WITH the Moxy cheese sauce.

grated vegan mozzarella

vegan mushroom and cashew mozzarella pizza

Printable Recipe For Vegan Garlic Mozzarella

Vegan Creamy Garlic Mozzarella
A creamy mozzarella made with cultured cashews for an authentic flavour, kicked up with garlic. Great sliced on bread, crackers and in sandwiches. Also grateable for topping pizza and tacos.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 batch of cultured cashew cream cheese (about 1 1/4 cups worth)
  2. 4 tablespoons tapioca flour
  3. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  4. 2 tablespoon organic canola oil or other light tasting oil
  5. 1 tablespoon kappa carageenan
  6. 1 teaspoon xantham gum (optional)
  7. 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. 1/2 cup or more water
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the water in a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add enough water so that the mixture becomes like a very thick pancake batter. Start at 1/2 cup and increase if necessary. The amount depends on how liquid or thick your cashew cream cheese was.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir the mixture continuously for 6 to 8 minutes. As it heats, the mixture will pull away from the sides and start clumping together.
  4. When mixture becomes next to impossible to stir, taste it to test if the tapioca has completely cooked. Heat while stirring for a bit longer if it still has a grainy-starchiness to it.
  5. Smooth the garlic mozzarella into a clean bowl to cool.
  6. Chill in the fridge so that the cheese completely solidifies.
  7. Now you can slice it, grate it, or just eat it!
Notes
  1. Store-bought cream cheese will not work in this recipe. Learn how to make your own cultured cream cheese here: http://www.marystestkitchen.com/easy-cultured-cashew-cream-cheese
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  • Stephanie
    Reply

    Is it possible to substitute something else for the carageenan given it’s known health risks. Thanks!

    • Mary
      Reply

      Hi Stephanie,

      While there has been some alarming articles coming from popular bloggers about carageenan, there is no conclusive evidence that carageenan causes harm in humans. After reviewing many articles from the “anti-carageenan” side and looking through the journals/studies that they reference, I have seen that the assumption of causation and it’s relevance to human biology to be highly flawed. Some examples of this include the use of rats and other animals, using concentrations that you would never consume in real life, and using forms of adulterated carageenan that are not the same as the food grade varieties.

      Of course, I do not only rely on my own judgement. Carageenan has been declared safe by Health Canada, the FDA and many government health agencies around the world. In addition, after discussing this with a medical doctor, nutritionist and other health and wellness professionals, I feel confident in using this ingredient myself.

      However, if you personally still feel that you want to avoid this ingredient, by all means, please do what you feel is best.

      You may substitute agar agar in this recipe, however, it is not the ideal gelling agent for texture and you may not get the same kind of results.

      Warm regards,

      Mary

  • Emily
    Reply

    I made this without pre-fermenting the cashew cream cheese. I just let about 1 1/4 C raw cashews soak in 1/2 C rejuvelac @ room temp for four hours, then blitzed it with 4 Tbsp potato starch, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp refined coconut oil and 1 tsp salt. Super cheesy, soft but holds its shape. Had it in a wrap with tofu scramble, sauteed mushrooms and home made ketchup.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Mary
      Reply

      ooo that tofu scramble sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Emily!

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