Got 10 minutes? Then you have enough time to make some incredible Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free, oil-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, or slice it for all kinds of sandwiches.
It started with Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese.
Now it’s time for another cheese made from chickpea flour, one that is ideal for sandwiches, snacking, shredding, and so much more.
It’s time for Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese! It’s addictively delicious, easy to make, and inexpensive, too.
Benefits of Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese
This nut-free, frugal cheese is:
- High Protein
- Rich in B Vitamins
Cut it into cubes for a supremely satisfying snack, or impressive appetizer.
How to Make Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese
The method for this cheese is as simple as the feta cheese: a small amount of chickpea flour and salt is combined with cool water, and then the mixture is added to boiling water and cooked until very thick.
To create a Cheddar flavor, I used a combination of the following: paprika (sweet Hungarian for regular Cheddar, or smoked paprika for a smoky Cheddar), nutritional yeast flakes (for umami cheese taste), a bit of tahini (lends richness; I have options in the recipe if you cannot eat sesame seeds), and vinegar.
Prepared yellow mustard is my stealth ingredient. It adds a distinctive Cheddar tang as well as golden color (which comes from turmeric).
As with chickpea flour feta, it is VERY important to set aside a 9×5-inch loaf pan BEFORE you begin cooking. You do not need to do anything to the pan (yay!), simply keep it near. This Cheddar cheese sets up even more quickly than the feta; as soon as it is very thick, start scraping (quickly!) into the pan.
Aim for an even layer in the pan, but do not worry about the top being perfectly smooth. This will become the bottom side of the cheese when it is inverted. If you like, you can dip the spatula in warm water to help smooth the mixture.
Let the cheese cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours until cold and very firm. Once the cheese has set, drain off any accumulated liquid and unmold onto a cutting board (it should release with ease).
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In addition to cubes for snacking, consider cutting the block into some cheese sticks for packed lunches and after-school munching:
Or, slice it for sandwiches:
You can shred it, too! It does not melt in the same way as traditional cheese, but it is a flavorful topping for salads, baked potatoes, and tacos.
The cheese will last for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator, perfect for many lunches, quick suppers, and snacks!
Keep it cheese-y, everyone!
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