Monday, February 27, 2012

Cheese that won't break the bank

A couple of people have asked me, "What exactly is nutritional yeast?" Here's a short introduction to it. You can usually buy it in places that sell bulk foods like health food stores or food co-ops.

Aside from the two things I've already mentioned in this blog, wheat thin crackers and vegetable broth powder, there are many things you can do with nutritional yeast. The most magical thing, though, is that you can make a cheese sauce out of it that is totally vegan friendly and WAY cheaper than regular cheese!

Here's a pic of some cheese sauce my hubby made
I have made nutritional yeast cheese sauce many ways from many different cookbooks. Some recipes call for things like miso and turmeric. However, my favorite nutritional yeast cheese sauce recipe is also the simplest. It is a slightly modified version of the one found in my favorite cookbook, The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook. Here it is:

In a saucepan mix
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups water

Bring these to a low boil, stirring until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add:
1/4  cup oil
1 tsp mustard

If you still need it thicker, add cornstarch until it is the thickness you like.

You can put nutritional yeast on top of anything. We have even made grilled cheese out of it!

These were SO good!
So, there you have it: nutritional yeast. Not to be confused with brewer's yeast or any other kind of yeast. Have you ever used it? If so, what is your favorite thing to make out of nutritional yeast? If not, do you think you might give it a try?

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