Do you ever have happy accidents in the kitchen? The other night I wanted a creamy pasta type recipe. Since I’m not actually eating pasta (as I’m corn and rice free right now), I made spaghetti squash. And then it came to the cream sauce. Lately I’ve been indulging in sesame, and so I thought of using tahini as the base for a creamy sauce. I didn’t want a traditional tahini sauce, but something more like a vegan nut-cheese, so I added nutritional yeast and a little water to facilitate blending. Next I was going to add some vinegar or citrus juice when it occurred to me that I had some dill dressing left over from the night before. I added it to the blender, along with a few other seasonings- and something magical happened. The additional oil and lime juice made the tahini extremely creamy and thick- just like cream cheese in texture. Tahini is an assertive ingredient, so it gives more personality than a nut based “butter” but if you adjust the sweet, sour, and salty elements to your liking, I think this un-cream cheese recipe is pretty darned tasty. The fresh herb shortens the longevity of the recipe, so plan to use it all in a day or two or just add the herb to the portion you are immediately using. I used it on some spaghetti squash the first two days. Then I baked up some shallot-dill amaranth flatbread and used this as a creamy spread base for a gorgeous veggie avocado sandwich. The flatbread recipe is coming soon, but for now, enjoy this yummy casein, nut, and soy-free cheese recipe
Looking for more allergen-free un-cheese recipes?
Try my Smoked un-cheddar sauce recipe
Or Karina’s Cheesy Un-cheese sauce recipe
Or my Sunflower-seed based Dill Havarti Substitute Spread
And here’s my very popular Recipe for pine nut cheese, perfect for lasagna
Carrie’s Homemade Almond Dill Cheese
Tahini un-cream cheese recipe
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
water as needed
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
1-2 tsp. Annies gluten-free mustard
2 tsp agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or simple syrup
3 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1/3 cup chilled lemon dill dressing as follows:
Whisk lemon dill dressing ingredients together and chill in refrigerator (or freezer if you are trying to hurry this).
Pour tahini into a small food processor or blender. Add nutritional yeast and lemon or lime juice. Process. Add fresh basil, mustard, agave, and enough water to keep the ingredients blending together but not enough to make it soupy. When you have a smooth paste, add your chilled lemon dressing. Process. You should have a creamy sauce that resembles the texture of cream cheese. You want it thick enough that you can scoop in balls with an ice cream scoop and spread it thickly on gluten-free toast if desired.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Delicious on baked spaghetti squash, pasta, or as a topping for sandwiches. Just add veggies!