Saturday, January 24, 2015

Raw Nut Cheese And Pomegranate Party Ball

Not everybody may know that, but people on raw food "diet" do party! You do not have to be an ascetic to enjoy healthy and nutritious food. So if you like parties, give one. You may discover that people who do not know much about raw food are really willing to try something "outlandish" for a change. And raw food party never disappoints. The food is healthy, beautiful and unlike cooked food, does not get cold on your serving table or a buffet. 


Next to a large bowl of salad and a big tray of crudites, my Raw Nut Cheese and Pomegranate Party Ball is one of my favorite centerpieces. Once you've made a raw nut cheese, the ball is rather easy to make.

I used raw almonds to make my nut cheese. You can use cashews or macadamias if you prefer. Just remember that it takes a few days to make the cheese. Plan ahead.


If you do not know how to make a nut cheese, check my tutorial-cum-recipe for Spicy Macadamia Nut Cheese. You do not have to age your cheese for the party ball recipe, but you have to make sure that the cheese is firm enough or if will not form into a ball.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups raw nut cheese
  • 1 Tbsp mild raw honey
  • 1/3 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • 1/2 freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dehydrated pomegranate seeds, crushed (optional, but very recommended)
  • arils of 1 pomegranate (use more if needed)


Method: 
  • Combine nut cheese, honey and spices in a mixing bowl into a firm mass. Chill it in the fridge for a few minutes if necessary.
  • Form a ball out of the cheese and place it on an attractive platter. Decorate the ball with pomegranate arils. Ready! 
  • Serve slightly chilled with raw crackers. And as always, enjoy it in good company!


Tip: If you have a dehydrator you can dehydrate pomegranate arils overnight. They whole or crushed they make a wonderful addition to salads or smoothies.

I realize that not all raw foodies are vegetarians or vegans. If you like raw milk and raw milk cheese, you can use it to make this attractive party dish as well. Add your preferred herbs and spices. Make the ball and enjoy.


To learn how to de-seed a pomegranate please click here

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

   
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