Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I’ve been really busy lately, so sorry for not posting updates as frequently. This might be the case for a while (as I just started working full time, I’m planning a trip around the world, taking care of one-eyed kittens, tending to my mammoth tomato plants, and working on various projects) but I’ll try my best to keep this going. I didn’t think I’d like blogging when I started this, but I really really do. It’s fun…and I’ve met some cool people through it already.

But for now, some thoughts on vegan grilled cheese sandwiches:

I’ve used several fake cheese recipes from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. All have been delicious, but some needed a good amount of customization to have the desired consistency and flavor. This book has a lot of really great recipes, but I wish it had more pictures (there are only a couple glossy colored pictures in the middle of the book). One thing I really like about this book is that it has a section that compares the calories/fat content of each uncheese with its real cheese counterpart, illustrating that uncheeses are generally much healthier. I don’t so much care about comparing calories when I’m eating, but I know a lot of people do. This book is great for that.

Now that I’m familiar with the ingredients typically used for making vegan cheese and how they work together, I can whip up cheesy tasting dip for a variety of occasions pretty quickly.

Here are some ingredients that are used in making uncheese (although not all are necessary):

  • nutritional yeast (absolutely essential to any good uncheese recipe)
  • cashews
  • tahini
  • soy margarine
  • Thickeners: arrowroot, kuzu, agar agar, cornstarch, or flour
  • Spices: mustard powder, paprika, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, curry powder

My favorite grilled cheese sandwich is on rye bread that is slightly burnt from being excessively smeared with Earth Balance. It has tomato slices, spinach, basil, crushed black pepper, and lots of gooey, orangish yellow uncheese seeping out the sides.

I crave these things. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it.

Here is a pile of grilled uncheese sandwiches we made for one of our Sunday dinners.

Here is a grilled uncheese sandwich with long green beans from my garden.

Here is a grilled uncheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread with jalapenos, tomatoes, spinach, and sprouts.

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5 responses to “Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  1. I just picked up a copy of the Uncheese Cookbook from Half Price Books, but I haven’t had a chance to make anything yet.

    Do all of the recipes taste really nutritional yeasty? Honestly, I don’t understand the attraction to it.

  2. I don’t think they all taste too much like nutritional yeast…although I must admit that I love that stuff. Not sure why. Just do.

    I’m curious to know what you think of the recipes. Let me know when you tried some.

  3. I too LOVE the yeast! I espically like it slightly blended in the vitamix with walnuts and sea salt for a vegan parmesan cheese. The walnuts really make it! I am anxious to check out the recipies, but would also LOVE it if you would post the recipies as you have modified them. Thant would be great:)

  4. For me, I really have to try not to use too much nutritional yeast. Like Cristen I really enjoy it for whatever reason, but have realized in recent months that it’s actually pretty heavy on the calories.
    Does anyone have any idea if it matters what type of cashews you use exactly? I bought some for some of my first uncheese recipes at Wholefoods recently. When I was there I noticed there was raw, salted, unsalted, this and that. Probably not as many or complicated as it felt like–cooking generally makes me nervous. But I just wondered if it made a difference exactly.
    And thickener, I think that may be what I’m missing…I’ve caught on to about everything else, including the tahini which took me a minute, but something still isn’t quite right. Oh and I haven’t tried curry powder either, how important would you say that is to your particular taste preference?

  5. You’re recipes look wonderful. I just came across this blog, and intend to try every recipe. Pictures of foods look fab.

    Think you are awesome people, too. Thank you.

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