Artisan Vegan Cheese Giveaway!

Hey hey, it's time for another giveaway!! This time, I'm lucky to have a freshly signed copy of Artisan Vegan Cheese by Mikoko Schinner in my hot little hands. I cannot wait to try some of her recipes, including such delicious sounding cheeses as Smoked Provolone and Pub Cheddar with Chives. YUM!!!




I was lucky enough to meet Mikoyo this past fall when we were both speakers at the San Francisco Veg Fest. I had been a fan of hers since first going vegan, back in 1991! Her recipe for croquettes was one of the very first vegan recipes I ever had success with, and I'll never forget the gratitude I felt for that. : )

She was kind enough to share her recipe for Meltable Muenster from her new book with us. Check it out! And don't forget to leave a reply to this post, telling us what YOUR favorite vegan comfort food is. Your reply will enter you in the drawing for this book - and the winner will be announced on September 4th. Good luck and let us know what you think of this recipe!!

Meltable Muenster (from Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner)

This cheese has a creamy, smooth, buttery texture that melts in your mouth—or on a hot sandwich.
Served cold, it pairs beautifully with apples and pears. Because Muenster is a mild cheese, the base for this vegan version isn’t cultured, making for a meltable cheese that’s almost instant!

1 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy yogurt
1⁄2 cup water
1⁄3 cup canola oil (Tess's note: You could most likely substitute another all-purpose oil such as non-virgin olive or sunflower here if you choose)
1⁄4 cup tapioca flour
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon carrageenan powder
1 teaspoon salt

1. Process the ingredients.

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth and creamy, occasionally stopping to scrape down the blender jar and move the mixture toward the blades.

2. Cook the mixture.

Pour the mixture into a heavy medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly with a wire whisk, until very smooth, thick, gooey, and glossy, 3 to 5 minutes. It’s important to cook it until there is an obvious sheen, or the cheese won’t melt well.

3. Form the cheese.

Pour the mixture into a glass or nonreactive metal mold and smooth the top. Let cool completely at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until firm.

Storage notes:
Wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in a ziplock bag, Meltable Muenster will keep for about 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Note:
If you want a reddish tint on the surface of the cheese to resemble traditional Muenster, lightly sprinkle paprika on the outside.

39 comments:

  1. Yum! This sounds delicious. My favorite vegan comfort food is soup, of any kind. This time of year it's vegetable-corn cut off the cob, all the veggies that are ripe in the garden, some fresh herbs, veg broth, and some barley, brown rice or pasta.

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  2. My fav vegan comfort food is mac & "cheese"!

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  3. I was so excited to see some of Mikoyo's cheese recipes in the recent VegNews issue!
    Hmm, favorite vegan comfort food...I think it would have to be a curry, either channa saag or a spicy Thai green curry.

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  4. ...that muenster cheese sounds delish! bet it would go great with my favorite comfort food: potatoes!...baked or mashed or roasted...olive oil or Earth balance & sea salt..mmmmm...:) Deb

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  5. Mine would have to be chili or curry! :). Pearl

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  6. Yeah! Always need more vegan cheese recipes. Yum! My favorite comfort food depends on the day. Chocolate and banana bread always come out on top!

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  7. Thank you for the recipe. I will try this out. -- My favorite vegan comfort food is vegetables and dumplings. As soon as the weather cools, I will be making this!

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  8. I have a friend making some of these cheeses and wants to have a wine & cheese party for all the Nashville vegans. STOKED!

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  9. My favorite vegan comfort food is mac n cheez :D

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  10. I want this book! I love cheese. I miss cheese. It's the one thing that makes me forget I'm vegan sometimes. ;)

    And of course, my favorite comfort food is Amy's vegan mac and cheese. I haven't yet figured out how to make it taste that good at home! Maybe this book would help.

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  11. Can't wait to try this! My fav comfort food is mashed sweet potatoes..mmmmmm
    Krista

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  12. My latest favorite is zucchini lasagna with tofu ricotta cheez. Yum!

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  13. This cheese sounds delicious. Will definitely try it soon. I really like chili when I need a vegan comfort food fix. Or potato tacos.

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  14. One of my favorite comfort foods is vegan macaroni and cheese, baked, and with goldeny panko breadcrumbs on top. It's soooo good and it fools all non-vegans, they can't believe it is vegan.

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  15. I don't know if I can choose a single favorite comfort food! Either a potato-laden curry or some sort of baked good... how's that for diversity? :)

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  16. MMM I have too many fave comfort foods. :) My top two-black eyed peas on top of brown rice or Sweet potato and lentil soup over rice.

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  17. I need to try this and more. Love spring rolls, mmmm...

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  18. sounds gooood! cheese please

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  19. I made my favorite comfort food last night! Vegan mac and cheese with a sauce made from nootch and pine nuts, so creamy and sharp. On the side I served some garden fresh sliced tomatoes (just picked!) drizzed with balsamic and some garlic kale with a splash of chipotle Tabasco.

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  20. It's the same as when I was a kid...a big bowl of steamy hot pasta with melting vegan butter. :)

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  21. I have a lot of vegan comfort foods. Vegan ice cream is one of them!

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  22. Bessant and Drury's chocolate ice cream is one of my favourite vegan comfort foods. I also love Amy's mac n cheeze which was my first taste of daiya

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  23. Saw the write up on this book in VegNews and then Dr. McDougall's post today on Facebook about a pizza he made with her homemade buffalo mozz. recipe and I realized, wow, I need this book! Thanks for the chance for a giveaway, Tess!

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  24. Ooh, homemade vegan cheese! My favorite comfort food is garlic herb smashed potatoes. Although that could be tied with baked mac & cheeze. Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. sounds great! I really want to give up cheese and my mom just gave it up. Going to be tough, but worth it!!

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  26. i've never had a vegan artisan cheese.. probably because i'm new to the lifestyle and it seems intimidating. but judging from that recipe you shared it doesn't look too scary at all. my favorite comfort foods are things like grilled corn and veggie soups. they warm my soul :)

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  27. I would love to try this artisan cheese! Favorite vegan comfort foods include a hearty veg soup, stew or cheesey casserole during the cold winter months OR any other time: classic gooey mac and cheese with a lovely panko crumb on top or a protein rich homemade legume (lentil or bean)and veg (sweet potato, shredded carrot, beet, zuke) 'burger' pattie!!!

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  28. Mmm, I loved muenster when I ate cheese so I will definitely try this recipe! Mac and nooch seems to be my favorite comfort meal. Creamy, noochy sauce with hot, chewy pasta is always a great dinner. Or a spicy dal with some dosa and tamarind chutney.

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  29. This Cookbook looks insanely awesome! I love the culturing and processes that it entails, I can't wait to get it! My favorite comfort food at the moment is a nice smokey split pea soup with a few secret ingredients.

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  30. Favourite vegan food is definitely homemade chocolate-coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey-such a nice treat when I'm feeling down

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  31. Beans & rice have always been my comfort food, even before I became vegan. I'm fairly new to all this and I've never made vegan cheese of any kind. I'm trying to learn.

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  32. My favorite comfort food is kinda crazy but its kale chips. I just love them and I'm just so happy when I have them!!

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  33. Wow that sounds amazing!! My favorite comfort food is home made hummus with whole wheat homemade pita bread. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  34. Baked tofu with mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce (without gross high fructose corn syrup) ooh and maybe a stuffing. And throw in some sauteed kale--basically, I want vegan thanksgiving year round!

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