04-22-2010, 09:55 PM
Hi - Does anyone have a recipe for raw cheese that will mimic the taste of feta? I am craving a greek salad and was just wondering... Thanks for any help you can offer.
04-23-2010, 07:28 AM
this is the one I do, sometimes I don't even drain mine..depends on how bad I want to eat it.
I hope it helps your craving.
Makes 10-oz. round
1 cup whole blanched almonds
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves
1. Place almonds in medium bowl, and cover with 3 inches cold water. Let soak 24 hours. Drain soaking liquid, rinse almonds under cold running water, and drain again.
2. Purée almonds, lemon juice, 3 Tbs. oil, garlic, salt, and 1/2 cup cold water in food processor 6 minutes, or until very smooth and creamy.
3. Place large strainer over bowl, and line with triple layer of cheesecloth. Spoon almond mixture into cheesecloth. Bring corners and sides of cloth together, and twist around cheese, forming into orange-size ball and squeezing to help extract moisture. Secure with rubber band or kitchen twine. Chill 12 hours, or overnight. Discard excess liquid.
4. Combine remaining 1/4 cup oil, thyme, and rosemary in small saucepan. Warm oil over medium-low heat 2 minutes, or until very hot but not simmering. Cool to room temperature. Drizzle herb oil over cheese just before serving.
Sometimes I don't make the herb oil, but rather mix some herbs into the cheese.
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