Vegan Carrot Lox Toast with Herbed Cheese

Instructions

For the Herbed Cream Cheese:

  1. Open your tofu and drain all the liquid by squeezing in a tofu press or over a strainer. It’s okay if it crumbles a little, but you need the tofu to be as dry as possible.

  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients for the tofu cream cheese, leaving the herbs out and mix.

  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and mix until smooth.

  4. Transfer the tofu cream cheese to a mixing bowl, add fresh herbs and mix with a spoon until incorporated. Taste test for seasonings, add more salt, pepper, lemon juice if needed.

  5. Cover and place in the fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours).


For the Carrot Lox:

  1. Make the brine for the carrot lox. In a mixing bowl, add soy sauce, water, maple syrup, rice vinegar, capers brine, liquid smoke, garlic powder, smoked paprika, brown rice miso paste, a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.

  2. Fold your nori sheet in 4 (or use sprinkled nori) and add it to the brine, mix with a spoon to combine and set aside.

  3. Using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline peel long strips of carrots. Soak your carrots strips into the brine. Cover and place in the fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours).


To make the Toasts:

  1. Toast your choice of bread. Spread a generous amount of herbed cream cheese. Add strips of carrot lox and garnish with your topping of choice. Enjoy!

Ingredients

For the Herbed Cheese:

  • 1 block extra firm silken tofu (12.3 ounces )

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped herbs ( chive, parsley, thyme)

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • pinch of sea salt

  • pinch of pepper


For the Carrot Lox:

  • 4 medium-sized carrots

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon capers or pickle brine

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon brown rice miso

  • 1 sheet of nori or shredded nori

  • pinch of sea salt

  • pinch of pepper

  • sliced bread or bagels


Garnishes (optional):

  • capers, dill, pickled red onion, arugula