Nutritional yeast comes in many varieties, but the two most common are yeast flakes and powdered yeast. These serve as a cheese substitute in a variety of recipes. Yeast flakes often are found in bulk aisles and are fortified with vitamin B12, making it a dietary preference for vegans and vegetarians. When cooked, the yeast melts and becomes a salty, thick sauce much like cheese. It is common to add the yeast to margarine or oil to add to the texture.

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Melted Yeast Flakes

Add Nutritional yeast as a substitute for cheese in hot, savory recipes. Treat the yeast flakes as grated cheese, and add the same amount you would if using real cheese.

Melt 1/4 cup of yeast flakes in a pan with 1 tbsp. of butter or margarine to create a cheese-sauce substitute.

Combine melted yeast flakes with 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil and a variety of spices of your choice to make sauces for savory dishes.

Yeast Flakes As A Topping

Sprinkle yeast flakes on cooked potatoes to create a cheddar topping.

Mix 1/4 cup yeast flakes with cooked popcorn to season the batch.

Set yeast flakes aside in a bowl to garnish hot dishes that call for Parmesan shreds.