How to Make a Vegan Cheese Ball
There are a few steps to making a vegan cheese ball, and—fair warning—the vegan cheese ball does need to sit wrapped in a clean tea towel for at least four hours (up to overnight) in the refrigerator to hold its circular shape. There's nothing strenuous involved in its construction; here are the steps to making the perfect vegan cheese ball:
Boil water in a kettle; pour the hot water to cover the cashews in a large bowl. Soak the cashews for 5–10 minutes, then drain them.
Add cashews to a food processor with lemon juice, Vegan Ranch Dressing, and seasonings, then blend until smooth. Add vegan cream cheese and blitz until combined.
Scoop the cheese mixture into the center of a clean tea towel sitting in a bowl. Pull the sides of the towel up and twist, creating a ball with the cheese mixture.
Put the bowl with the cheese ball wrapped in the towel in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and remove gently from the towel. Place the cheese ball on a plate filled with chopped nuts, and gently cover the cheese ball with the nuts until coated completely.
Vegan Cheese Ball Recipe
2 cups raw cashews
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried dill (or dried herb of choice)
1/4 tsp. mustard powder
4 ounces vegan cream cheese
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
Place cashews in a large bowl and cover with just-boiled water. Let soak for 5–10 minutes.
seasonings. Blend until smooth. Add cream cheese, and blend until combined.
Place a clean tea towel in a bowl. Spoon cheese mixture in the center of the towel. Pull up the ends of the towel and twist tightly, shaping the cheese into a large ball.
Refrigerate the cheese ball in the towel and bowel for at least 4 hours, and up to overnight.
When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the towel and place on a plate with the chopped nuts. Cover the cheese ball completely in chopped nuts.
Serve the cheese ball with raw vegetables, gluten-free crackers or pretzels, or grain-free tortilla chips or keto friendly crackers