While on the hunt for more recipes to test out in my Cuisinart food processor I came across cashew cream and cashew milk a number of times. It's supposed to be a better dairy substitute than soy milk because the fat from the cashews allows it to act more like dairy when making sauces or baking.
I have no issues with delicious delicious dairy but I like to mix things up with soy milk or rice milk sometimes so I wanted to give cashew cream a try. Variety is always a good thing in my opinion.
The first step is to soak un-salted un-roasted (raw) cashews overnight in water in the fridge. In the morning they get drained, put into the food processor fitted with the chopping blade, and then water is added until it is almost an inch over the nuts.
If you want to get a super smooth texture you can strain the cream afterwards through a cheese cloth to remove any sediment. I strained half my mixture that I was going to use in baking and sauces, and left the other half (which was for smoothies) unstrained.
You can use the cashew cream to replace (or go along with) dairy in most recipes. The first one I tried out was a creamy tomato and basil pasta sauce that I saw on Oh She Glows.
..pureed them until smooth, and then simmered the sauce in a pan while the pasta cooked.I love that I can just put the dirty food processor bowls in the dishwasher, I already dirty so many dishes that need to be hand washed when I cook that one less thing in the sink makes me a happy girl.
When the pasta is done it gets tossed with the sauce and voila! It was extremely tasty. You don't need to use this exact tomato basil recipe either, it will work with any tomato sauce that you'd be adding cream to.
The original recipe is vegan but I topped mine off with some Parmesan cheese shavings. I read vegan blogs and use their recipes quite often but they often get de-veganized to suit what I have in my fridge or to my personal tastes (butter instead of margarine). Trying a milk substitute doesn't mean that you have to cut out all other dairy or that you need to label your dinner as vegan, non-vegan, etc. It's just a tasty meal that uses cashew cream.
If you want to see more delicious recipes that use cashew cream (and some beautiful photos that go along with them) then I suggest checking out Munchin with Munchkin's blog. She has (and loves) the same Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor that I do and has a great collection of recipes.
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