Almond Feta

I DON’T WANT TO GET Y’ALL TOO EXCITED, BUT THIS IS THE BOMB. Texture and flavour both get a big omnivore-approved tick from me. ✔✔ As I’ve said a couple of times before, cashews are my least-favourite nut. While sweet, hard, protein-ful almonds take longer to soften, they make a lovely, easy mock feta cheese in their place.

Stats:

Approximate cost to buy everything: $10, and you’ll have loads of leftover ingredients

Will make: about 1/2 cup feta

Time taken: 5 minutes, plus 12-24 hours soaking time and a few hours salting time

The protein, iron and calcium I’m not getting from meat? A nice serve of protein and calcium and a bit of iron. 🌱🌱🌱


 

Ingredients

1/2 cup almonds, skins off
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp dairy-free yoghurt
1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice, depending on desired zinginess (I used one and it was like a mild Persian feta)

For Salting:

1 tbsp salt (go figure.) 🌱🌱🌱

 

Method

Place almonds in a small bowl topped with 1 cup of boiling water. Cover with foil and leave to soak and soften for at least 30 minutes, but ideally 12-24 hours.

Drain the almonds well. Add yoghurt and lemon juice to the almonds and pulse very well using a handheld blender or food processor until a thick, smooth paste forms.

Put your almond paste (I’ll call it curd) onto a chopping board and flatten slightly. Slice into chunks.

Place curd chunks onto a wire rack above a bowl and sprinkle with half the salt. Let sit for 30 minutes, then flip over and salt the other side. Leave salting at room temperature for at least 2 hours – the longer you leave it, the drier and more crumbly it will be. If you prefer a softer and more goat’s cheese-like feta, use it straight after the 2 hour mark.

Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to a week.

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