I’ll be the first to say it: vegan cheese on it’s own isn’t very good. Even when melted on bread it doesn’t quite pass the test, in my mind at least. The industry still has a ways to go in terms of coming up with a standalone product.
Vegan cheese artfully paired with other flavors and textures, however, can work out wonderfully. And I’m a firm believer that that is precisely what most dairy and egg replacements are intended for.
Therefore, us vegan cooks have to get creative. That’s why, when I was craving grilled cheese on a rainy day last week, I decided I’d have to go beyond just melting cheese on some bread. And what I ended up coming up with was better than most grilled cheese I’ve had, and was healthier!
- Your favorite bread (I used Italian)
- Vegan gourmet or Daiya cheddar cheese
- Green apple slices
- White onion slices
- Dijon mustard
- Vegan margarine for cooking
You can do this in any order you prefer, but I chose to toast the bread first on a pan with vegan margarine at medium heat, then I melted the cheese in the microwave (as vegan cheese can be finicky with melting), then assembled the sandwich.
It has a wonderful tang, and was surprisingly filling!
(Sadly I was so ravenous that I started eating before I remembered to take a photo; so it looks less appetizing than before I started!)