I know post-holiday’s are tough for a lot of us as we try to ween ourselves off from the constant birage of food. I’m feeling the pain, too! So when I was craving some cheesy cheese fries, I decided to try and make them completely dairy free and vegan-friendly. And it was a HUGE success!
I made a cashew cream that’s supposed to act as a sour cream. Now, if you’re expecting it to taste like sour cream…it won’t. But if you want a creamy texture to smother over your “cheese” fries then this is definitely that! And it’s easy to incportate other flavors like sriracha, ketchup, etc.
The “cheese” that I’m using here is Chao’s Creamy Original vegan cheese, which is made from coconut milk and tofu. I found mine at Whole Foods, but other retailers carry it. You can locate a store near you here. Full disclaimer: I am not advertising for Chao…but seriously this stuff is such a great subsitute you could fool ohters and yourself!
Okay, let’s get to it…
Vegan Cheese Fries
For cashew cream:
- 1 cup soaked cashews Tip: take 1 cup of cashews, place them in a mason jar with water that covers them completely and let them sit for at least 4 hours. If you soak them for longer than 4 hours, place them in the fridge
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup fresh water
- 1 ½ nutritional yeast this brand is common
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For cheese fries:
- 3/4 bag of Ore Ida Crispers frozen
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon piches granulated garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon pinches kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pinch black pepper
- About 4 slices Creamy Original Chao vegan you can use more if you want it cheesier!
- 4 scallion stalks sliced thin
Step 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Step 2. Drain the soaked cashews and wash them in a strainer. Add them to a blender along with the lemon juice, water (Note: this is fresh water, not the water you used to soak them in!), nutritional yeast, and salt. Blend until creamy. Set aside.
Step 3. Line the french fries on a baking sheet. Tip: if you have a Silpat (silicone liner) use that to avoid burning your fries! Bake for 22-25 minutes or until crispy. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and granulated garlic. Give them a little stir to mix the seasonings. Next, top with cheese. Note: I transferred my fries to a cast iron pan for presentation purposes, but feel free to top the fries with the cheese right on the baking sheet. Bake until the cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes.
Step 4. While the cheese is melting, mix 1 part sriracha with 2 parts ketchup. When the cheese is melted, top them with the cashew cream, scallions and the spicy sriracha ketchup!