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vegan sub for feta?

We're having guests over for dinner this weekend, one of whom is vegan. I thought I would make Yotam Ottolenghi's sweet corn polenta with eggplant sauce, since I love the dish and it seems pretty easily adaptable to vegan restrictions. The one thing I'm stuck on is whether I can find something to sub for the feta in the polenta. I realize that I could leave it out entirely but I'd prefer, if possible, to find some other way of providing the tangy, salty pop that the feta provides. I'd also prefer, if possible, to use something that is not a dairy-substitute product specifically (I'm not a great fan of the taste/texture of these generally), but rather an ingredient that will satisfy the function of the feta that just happens to be vegan. If I can't find one, I'll probably just leave it out, but I thought I'd put it out there to see what you all could come up with. Thanks in advance!

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

asked about 3 years ago
7 answers 1122 views
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added about 3 years ago

It wouldn't be quite the same as feta, but maybe sumac (which has a great tangy taste) if it isn't included already in the recipe's ingredients? (though, obviously, since it's a spice, it wouldn't add any of the creaminess of feta).

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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Interesting idea, ceeteebee -- I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the input.

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added about 3 years ago

Like ceeteebee's suggestion, my ideas wouldn't add creaminess. When I think of veggie ingredients that have a salty/sour/fermented tang, I think of marinated veggies-capers, olives, certain marinated pickles or artichoke hearts. You could blend them into a bit of a paste to make them distribute better instead of being chunky in the polenta.

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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

You just gave me a great idea, E. Burton -- I happen to have some preserved lemon on hand, and I think that would work great! Thanks, what a great community to brainstorm with!

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added about 3 years ago

Sounds good! Have fun cooking!

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HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Here's a link about feta substitute for someone allergic to dairy,
http://www.thekitchn.com...

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added about 3 years ago

Simply tofu? Maybe fried with a pinch of sumac.