Cashew Rice Loaf + Pink Pepper Cheese Sauce

It is a recipe I’ve been serving up in my home for years, and whether or not for Thanksgiving, Easter, or simply an anytime superior vegan meal, it all the time will get rave opinions. In any case, what’s to not love when yummy floor cashews & hearty brown rice are combined with herbs and spices and baked to perfection? Not a complete lot, I can let you know that for certain!

I have to level out that I not often use cashews this closely, as they will get expensive, and whereas a vegan’s dream ingredient for these lacking the creaminess of dairy, can nonetheless be heavy-ish on the pocketbook and tummy if not utilized in (relative) moderation.

However with as we speak being a special day, what higher time may there be to make one thing (just a bit) much less atypical, and maybe (just a bit) extra scrumptious than traditional? 

Cashew Rice Loaf + Pink Pepper Cheese Sauce:
~ Tailored From the Silver Hills Cookbook

(1/3) cup brief grain brown rice
(1) cup water for cooking the rice
(1) tbsp olive oil
(1) small onion, finely chopped
(1) cup finely floor uncooked cashews
(1) cup breadcrumbs
(1) cup soy or nut milk
(2) tbsp recent or dried parsley
(1) tbsp soy sauce or Bragg’s
(1/2) tsp salt, or to style
Olive oil for oiling the loaf pan

Begin by combining the rice and chilly water collectively in a small saucepan. Convey to a boil, and switch all the way down to simmer with the lid on for 35-40 minutes when you put together all the opposite components.

Whereas the rice cooks, chop the onion finely and warmth (1) tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high warmth. Saute the onion for 6-8 minutes till brown and aromatic. As soon as the onion is cooked, add it to a big mixing bowl that’s prepared and ready to go.

Within the mixing bowl, mix the cooling cooked onion with the remaining loaf components. As soon as the rice is cooked, add it to the combination whereas nonetheless heat, this can assist all of it to combine superbly collectively. Combine every thing nicely, and get in there together with your fingers to make sure it’s all even. After mixing, the combination needs to be good and moist, however not too dry. Be happy so as to add a couple of additional breadcrumbs if the combination feels too moist, however in my expertise the ratios listed below are good.

At this level, as soon as your loaf combination is all mingling collectively, you possibly can set the combination apart for later and bake it when handy. To bake, warmth the oven to 350 levels. Switch the cashew combination to a nicely oiled normal loaf pan (or two smaller pans) and bake for 40 minutes, till the home is smelling fantastic and the loaf has browned on prime.

Pink Pepper Cheese Sauce:

(2) medium purple bell peppers, seeded & chopped coarsely (you may use yellow or orange too for various color)
(1) cup cashews or cashew items (barely extra reasonably priced)
(1.5) cups water
(1/4) cup olive oil
(1-1.5) tsp salt
(1) tbsp dietary yeast
(1/4) tsp garlic powder or granulated garlic
(1/4) tsp black or white pepper

Mix all components in your blender, and mix on excessive for at the least a full minute, even longer (as much as 2 minutes is sweet). This recipe is very easy and easy and doesn’t require any pre-soaking of nuts or roasting of peppers!

As soon as your combination is nicely blended, switch to a medium saucepan and warmth very gently on the range. Cook dinner this combination over medium-low warmth for 15 -20 minutes till heated all through, and thick and bubbly. Ensure that to stir ceaselessly to maintain the sauce from burning or sticking to the underside of the pot. Cooking the cashews gently thickens them whereas cooking the pepper and spices collectively. In fact, you may pre-roast the peppers, however I really like the wonder and ease of this sauce – it may be whipped up in minutes spur of the second!

Serve this for a particular meal. Or serve it each day. Flip it out onto a serving dish (look forward to it to chill a minute) and garnish with recent herbs and cooked greens. It’s not solely fabulous recent out of the oven and smothered in gravy, however equally scrumptious thrown within the fridge to be loved later. Crumble leftovers over inexperienced salads with tahini dressing, or add it to a vegetable sautee with garlic & kale. This dish is simple to make and all the time a success for vegans and omnivores alike. Be happy to make use of completely different breadcrumbs and mess around with the herbs and greens too. My favorite a part of this recipe is it doesn’t want something added, it’s good simply the way in which it’s!