[Recipe] Homemade American Cheese - LOOK OUT it's super-melty

Assuming you're not Vegan (what the HELL is THAT all about?!) and can't enjoy the magic that is cheese, here's a recipe that will have you yelling at your neighbours in angry joy...homemade american cheese.

Think of the melty possibilities!

Here's what you'll need.
  • 70g mature cheddar (for flavour)
  • 70g red leicester (for colour)
  • sprinkle of parmesan (for flavour)
  • 70ml whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon agar-agar (this replaces the animal unfriendly, but universal food bonding ingredient Gelatin - save the Pigs GODAMMIT)
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/10 tablespoon cream of tartare

Add the agar-agar to the water, allowing it to bloom for about 10 minutes.

Grate the Red Leicester on the finest setting. I used a hand grater and it took bloody ages, so I suggest you use a food processor. Add the salt and cream of tartar to the cheese and massage it in by hand (or pulse your blender) - about three turns should do it.

Bring the milk to the boil, take it off the heat, and add the bloomed agar. Stir until the agar is mixed in.

Using the hand blender or food processor, slowly add the milk into the cheese and pulse to mix until smooth.
Once smooth, use your spatula to spread the cheese onto a cling film-covered baking tray - try to make it even, not like my ham-fisted attempts below. Put in fridge to chill for three hours, or ideally overnight.

Once chilled, cut into squares and separate with greaseproof paper.
Oh, and if you really want this cheese to KICK ASS, why not grill some bacon until crispy, powder it, and mix it in with the cheese.

I would, but I BLOODY CAN'T, can I. 

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One Response to “[Recipe] Homemade American Cheese - LOOK OUT it's super-melty”

  1. Parmesan cheese is never vegetarian but you may be able to find a Parmesan-style cheese made for vegetarians, or you could try nutritional yeast to add flavour - it has a nutty cheesy flavour and is a great source of vitamin B12 which you need to supplement if you avoid meat. There are loads of vegetarian bacon alternatives available, and you may even be able to find bacon flavour seasoning.