A sweet and savory holiday sandwich that you will never forget. Some bites are more sweet from the cranberry jam, while others are more savory and crunchy from the hot cashew cheese. Mhmm, I’m excited to make another sandwich later on today! Which reminds me, that is the best part! You can make the sandwich ingredients ahead of time, then just heat up your panini press when you are ready to eat! Perfect for dinners after work or if you are hosting a holiday party, make a sandwich and cut it into 4’s. The colors are even red and green!
4 Bread slices-I recommend using your favorite, seeded bread
1 cup fresh spinach
Start by adding your 2 cups cashews to a small-medium bowl and covering them with 1 cup of coconut milk (or enough to just cover the cashews). Allow to sit for 8 hours or overnight.
Once cashews are soaked, drain any excess milk (mine did not have any).
Blend cashews along with garlic, salt and nutritional yeast in a vitamix, you will need to scrape the sides down to keep the process going. Add just enough water so that the cashews will mix, but use as little as possible.
Scrape cashew mixture onto several layers of cheese cloth. Wrap cheesecloth around cashew mixture so that it forms a ball. Place ball in fridge suspended over a bowl, or in my case, I place a paper towel in a bowl and place the balled cheese cloth on top. I checked the cheese ball often to make sure the paper towel did not need changed out. The point of this step is to remove as much moisture as possible. Allow cheese ball to sit for 8 hours.
After cheese ball has sat, remove ball from fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove cheesecloth. If process is correct, cheese cloth should come off fairly easily. If too much moisture, this will not be the case. Do not despair. If so, you can still use it and even follow the rest of this recipe the same way, you will just have to scrape cheese mixture off of the cloth.
Regardless of your texture, place cheese ball/mixture in an oven safe dish. If you have a firm cheese ball, coat the ball with the chopped pistachios and coconut flakes. If your mixture turned out too creamy, just swirl the pistachios and coconut flakes into the cheese.
Place dish in oven for 30 minutes.
While cheese is cooking, place a small sauce pan on stove on medium heat.
Add cranberries and orange juice, bring to a simmer. Cook on simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until cranberries are reconstituted and orange juice is fully absorbed.
Place ¾ of your reconstituted cranberries in blender, mix until smooth.
Add pureed cranberries to remaining, whole cranberries. Put in a dish and set aside.
Combine ingredients for coconut aioli in a small dish, stir and set aside.
Once cashew cheese and cranberry sauce is complete, it is time to make your sandwich.
Turn your panini press or grill on (your can also do this step on a stove top in a standard grilled cheese style.
Create sandwich in this manner: bread< 1 tbs coconut aioli, ½ c spinach<1/4 cup cashew cheese<1-2 tbs cranberry sauce<bread.< li=””></bread.<>
Place sandwich on panini press and toast for about 4 minutes or until bread is desired texture. Slice in half and serve immediately.
you can use leftovers to make a few more sandwiches later too!
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