Recipe: Paleo cheese sauce
Let’s get one thing straight – non dairy cheese sauces will NEVER taste as good as the real cheese sauces. Nor will they have the same stringy, gooey consistency. BUT you can still make a pretty creamy and damn delicious paleo cheese substitute sauce that is similar in texture and savouriness to that made from cheese.
I wanted to make a paleo white sauce so I could recreate dishes like cauliflower cheese, paleo nachos and lasagna bechamel sauce. My adaptations and experimentations produced this version of a paleo cheese sauce and I have to say that I licked every last bit in the saucepan. The coolest thing is that you can also add it to other sauces, soups and casseroles for extra creaminess.
Vegetable stock can be used if you’re a vegetarian.
Tapioca flour, which is also known as the arrowroot flour can be found in most baking sections of a supermarket and in health food stores.
Nutritional yeast flakes (sometimes they go under the name of Savoury Yeast Flakes) can be found in most health food shops and online. They are neutral when it comes to the question Is it Paleo? Learn more about nutritional yeast here and here. They contain B-complex vitamins and protein and have a lovely nutty, cheesy, savoury flavour.
You can use any miso you like but I prefer the light colour, shiro miso. Make sure to get organic, fresh miso which is full of probiotics (not the dried powdery stuff). Read my take on miso here.
- 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup macadamia oil or olive oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour (arrowroot flour)
- 1/4 cup savoury/nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tbsp white miso (shiro)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 small garlic clove, finely diced
- sea salt
- 1/2 cup almond meal
Add chicken stock, oil and tapioca flour to a small heavy bottom saucepan. Whisk together until well combined and tapioca is dissolved, more or less. Then bring mixture to boil and remove from the heat.Whisk again, it should thicken quite a bit.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Number of servings: 2 cups