27 Jan Super Bowl Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip
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Super Bowl Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip
One of my favorite things to get at the movies is that disgustingly amazing bright orange nacho cheese. The spicy gooey cheesy mess is an indulgence that I have a really hard time passing up, so I set out to make a vegan version of the cheese sauce that I could eat in the light of day with none of the guilt! A simple combo of cashews and spices makes an addicting gooey cheese that is great movie style with just tortilla chips, or queso fundito style with soyrizo crumbled on top, or (as pictured) slathered with mounds of nacho toppings for a satisfying party snack!
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours in filtered water and drained
- ¼ roasted orange bell pepper
- 1 to 1 ½ cups filtered water
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher sea salt
- 1 teaspoon light miso paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on desired spice level
Roast Your Bell Pepper
- On an open flame on your stovetop, roast the whole pepper, turning until skin is blackened on all side. Or place directly under the broiler, turning as each side blackens. Wrap in plastic wrap and sweat until cool enough to handle. Peel off skin. De-stem and de-seed pepper.
- In a high powered blender, combine all cheese ingredients, using 1/2 of the water. Blend until a smooth puree, adding only enough water as needed to keep the blender moving (you don't want it to get too thin). You can refrigerate, covered, up to 2 days at this point.
- When ready to serve, if you have a Vitamix or Blendtec, blend until hot. If not, transfer the puree to a pot on the stovetop, and warm over moderate heat until hot and bubbly.
Assemble and Serve
- If you're making for yourself and will eat them right away, you can pour the cheese directly over the chips (as pictured), add toppings of choice and eat immediately (the chips will get soggy if they sit). If serving at a party, pour hot cheese into serving dish, add toppings (if desired- it's great on its own as a plain dip) and serve with chips on the side.
- Remember, this cheese will make your tortilla chips soggy if they aren't eaten right away, so if you're making for a crowd and it's going to be sitting out, you can make this a layered dip in a large bowl and serve with a side of tortilla chips.
- It's also good at room temperature as a dip!
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