1 cup cashews
Filtered water, enough to cover and soak cashews
Olive oil for drizzling
1 head of garlic
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 TB. lime or lemon juice (If you have unpasteurized sauerkraut you can use the liquid from that too)
1 TB. fresh chives, chopped
3 TB. mix of fresh herbs, chopped (thyme, oregano, chives, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, dill, etc.)
In a medium bowl, add cashews and enough filtered water to cover the nuts. Soak for at least 4 hours or, preferably, overnight.
Preheat oven to 400o F.
Slice the top off the whole head of garlic, exposing each clove. Leaving the head of garlic intact, remove any loose or papery skin. Drizzle with olive oil and enclose head in a piece of aluminum foil. Roast until the cloves are lightly browned, about 20-30 minutes. The garlic is finished roasting when the center cloves are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
Once the garlic is cooled enough to touch, pluck or squeeze each clove out of its skin and into a food processor fitted with an S blade. Drain and rinse cashews. Add cashews and sea salt to the garlic in the food processor. Blend for about 15 seconds before scraping the sides down. Continue blending. Add lime juice and blend until creamy.
Scrape “cheese” into small bowl and fold in 1 tablespoon of chopped chives. Once mixed, add the dollop of “cheese” to the middle of a large square of wax or parchment paper. The “cheese” will be slightly sticky and soft but it should easily form into a 4-6 inch log. Use the paper to help shape the log. Wrap the paper completely around the log, fold the ends in, and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
After an hour, take the log from the refrigerator and unroll. Sprinkle the fresh herbs onto paper and roll the log back and forth across the herbs, adding more, until the log is entirely coated in herbs. Re-roll the log and refrigerate for another half hour, or longer, depending on firmness desired.
To serve, drizzle with olive oil (optional) along side sliced veggies.
Store “cheese” in the refrigerator (wrapped first in paper and then in an air-tight container) for up to 3 days.