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)
- 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.