*Raw Pine Nut Parmesan Herb Cheese*......a.k.a *X-Spread*
So first let me tell you what X-Spread is.....ohhh' glorious X-Spread. Once upon a time, there was this waaay delicious cheese spread called "X-Spread" made by our local grocery store Heinen's. I call the smell of this cheese "Fairy's blood" (Wait....What did she just call it?? Yes that is a reference taken from HBO's show True Blood...if you havent watched it, it is about Vampires (amongst many other things) as well as Fairies....whose blood the Vamps CAN'T resist.) ANYWAY......so this "X-Spread" smells SOO good it is like Fairy Blood to me......................ALRIGHTY THEN......are we still talking about cheese??
So I wanted to make or should I say try to make a Vegan version of this cheese, since I am Vegan and have issues with dairy. I looked at the ingredients on the cheese label and thought hmmm.....if I replace thaaaat.....with.......thaaaat......it just might work...
(They changed the name.....it used to just be called "X-Spread"
I grabbed my ingredients and put everything in a blender, waiting to put the olive oil in til last. After I gently pulsed the Pine Nuts etc...to a med grade meal in my blender, I put it in a bowl and drizzled in the olive oil. Tasted.....adjusted the seasonings and then had my husband smell it. IT SMELLED JUST LIKE THE X-SPREAD!! WHOOP WHOOP! (I'll put the recipe down below, but first here are some pics showing the original X-Spread and then my creation)
First Heinen's cheese; (S.A.D. Dairy Cheese boooo!) below
Now my Raw Vegan version (Awesome NON Dairy Cheese) below
NOW just because I recreated this into a Vegan version by NO means does that mean it is low fat. Just the opposite actually....this is probably all fat and some protein from the Pine nuts. So, don't be eating a bowl of this stuff.....well actually, it is healthy fats and if you eat a proper well balanced "diet" then I think eating this will be alllllllright :) NO animal fats, nope nadda and yaaaay!
I chose to slice up a Tomato and sprinkle some of the cheese in between the slices and then top off with some chopped Basil. Sooo good!
And then.....I ate the top off haha! MMMM.....
Ready for the recipe??? Oh and before I forget...lots of garlic in this yummy spread. Sooo, I guess I shouldnt call it "Fairy Blood".....cause with all this garlic, it will surely keep all the Vamps away. And please also note.....I just played with this recipe and don't really have all the knitty gritty measuring details of how much of this....or how much of that......but I will do my best at getting the right measurements for ya.
*RAW PINE NUT PARMESAN HERB SPREAD*.....aka X-SPREAD
1/2 cup Raw Pine Nuts (dry, not soaked in water)
2 large garlic cloves
1/4 cup Nutritional yeast or more to taste (IF you want to just do the Vegan thang, you could also add Vegan store bought Parmesan yep yep)
1/2-1 tsp Oregano (this I did to taste, and note, it got stronger the longer the spread sat)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (once again to taste, don't be to afraid of these, it adds flavor and the heat is muted down by the fats in the nuts and olive oil)
1/4 tsp dried onion powder (the original recipe calls for green onions, I didnt have any, sooo...)
Salt and Pepper to taste (you want enough salt to make it salty like cheese, just don't over do it pretty please :) )
BLEND ALL THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS IN A BLENDER...TIL LIGHTLY BLENDED TOGETHER. NOT MUSH, BUT MEDIUM GRIND)
NOW.....put everything in a bowl. Drizzle in the Olive Oil. I used about
1/4 cup Olive Oil (I eyeballed this, you don't want it like soup, but you do want everything to be blended and moist)
TASTE......ADJUST SEASONINGS IF NEEDED.
Either serve now or put in fridge for a bit to allow the flavors to mingle. I used it right away on the Tomato slices and then the following day I nibbled on it with some rice crackers. I found that the day after I made it the seasonings were just right.....Hell'z yeah! I will keep playing with the proper measurements and when I do, I will DEF post any changes if......I change them haha. :)
So yep......give it a try. Fatty, salty, creamy, almost cheesy........a yummy indulgence.