Recently, I received an email from a reader wondering if I could come up with Velveeta; and not simply Velveeta, but a particular fudge recipe then made with Velveeta.
First of all, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go this route. Who wants so make Velveeta? We already have Processed American Cheese, right? Still, there are some recipes out there calling for a more creamy cube of cheese which melts nicely into queso dips and into other recipes, so there are definite reasons to consider the possibility.
I made two attempts with different methods (the other used heavy, whole cream in place of the liquid and protein powder) and found that this recipe I’m sharing produces the best, textural, result.
You can use this recipe anywhere other Velveeta is used.
As you can also see from the image above, the Velveeta you make can be shaped in different ways.
Coat with slivered almonds, or insert sliced green olives inside for something special. Roll in fresh herbs or infuse with jalapeno peppers. There’s no end to the possibilities.
And when allowed to come to room temperature, it’s more slightly spreadable, making it perfect for festive, spreadable cheese balls for your favorite crackers.
Check out my Velveeta Fudge Recipe for a delicious way to use your Velveeta.
Easy Processed Cheese
1/2 cup water
1/’2 tsp unflavored gelatin
3 Tbsp unflavored protein powder
4 cups (8 ounces) shredded medium cheddar cheese
In a small bowl, combine the water, gelatin and protein powder until all solids have dissolved. Combine this mixture in a food processor with the cheddar cheese, until the mixture resembles a thick paste. Scrape the paste into a small loaf pan (roughly 3″ x 6″) lined with clear plastic wrap. Fold the extra wrap over to cover the cheese mixture, and gently press down evenly over the mass to create a flat, packed surface. Refrigerate overnight.
YIELD: 8, 1 ounce servings
NOTE: You may use other cheeses, but be sure to adjust the nutritional information.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING: Calories: 111.25, Carbohydrates: 1.65 grams, Fiber: 0 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 1.65 grams, Protein: 16.4 grams, Fat: 4 grams.