Remember that scene in Almost Famous where Stillwater’s lead singer Russell (Billy Crudup) ends up on the roof and before he jumps, proclaims to his adoring fans, ‘I am a golden god’? Well I do, and whipping up a batch of delicious, golden-hued vegan parmesan cheese on the weekend did indeed make me feel rather omnipotent.
Dairy and I haven’t been the best of friends for some time now, and while I haven’t been 100% strict about removing it from my diet (so far), I generally avoid all things cow milk based because they tend to make me feel pretty sick (probably because I eat it so infrequently). So I’ve discovered all sorts of clever ways to alter traditionally cheese-rich meals like Nachos and Pasta, but up until now I didn’t really have a solution for homemade pizzas.
In the past I’ve tried a few dairy replacements like soy cheese (not a great texture and oh so many chemicals) and Daiya (really good, but very expensive and it can be hard to source), but a quick, easy, healthy and tasty alternative had up until now eluded me. Thank goodness for the wonders of the internet which allowed me to find the recipe for Vegan Parmesan Cheese (over at Minimalist Baker). My potato and olive pizza was perfection with the addition of this magical ingredient (and it’s oh so easy to make).
You should definitely make yourself a batch and come join the golden (parmesan) god crew. It’s really, really good over here.