This recipe was created by Karen Wiens on 1/30/15.
Before we went vegan we used to eat bruschetta a lot! It’s so tasty and versatile but the cheese is definitely an important ingredient. Without cheese it was just bread and tomatoes. Once we made our garlic cashew cheeze, we thought it would be perfect with bruschetta. We were right. This is really good and makes a great side dish or a light dinner. If you make a whole batch of garlic cashew cheeze, you will have some left over. This is part of our romantic dinner for two download.
20 minutes to prepare
20 minutes to cook
For the Cashew Cheeze
3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water, drained
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon lemon, juice
To Make the Bruschetta
1 whole grain baguette
1 can zesty diced tomatoes, w/ garlic & olive oil
1 bunch asparagus, tips only
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olives, oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make your garlic cashew cheeze buy combining all cashew cheeze ingredients in a food processor, scraping sides and adding enough water for consistency. See recommendations for further instructions.
Cut the baguette on an angle in thin slices.
Lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Put them in the oven to toast. Watch them – don’t let them burn. Around 12 minutes, just until brown.
While the bread toasts, chop off just the tips of your asparagus. (Save the stalks for other recipes calling for asparagus.)
Sauté over medium-high heat in 2 T of olive oil.
Add the asparagus.
Salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Cook until asparagus just starts to soften.
Remove toasted bread from oven.
Spread on a layer of garlic cashew cheese.
Spoon on drained diced tomatoes.
Add asparagus tips.
Bake an additional 5 minutes or so in your 400 degree oven.
Serve warm from the oven. Mmm… so good!
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This cheese substitute is quick and easy to make. We try to keep some on hand and use it for all sorts of things. It’s a great substitute for ricotta cheese in lasagna rolls. We spread it on a bagel instead of cream cheese. We dip Triscuits and veggies into it for a quick snack. We add it to soup for a super creamy, delicious broth like in our broccoli soup. We use it in our artichoke dips. And probably best of all it’s awesome on vegan pizza!