Follow Your Heart’s new slices make the perfect vegan grilled cheese! »
I am a Follow Your Heart vegan cheese loyalist. It was my first melting vegan cheese, it makes the perfect baked vegan mac ‘n’ cheese (don’t even come to me with that saucy nonsense, mac ‘n’ cheese has to have a crust), and I can’t stomach Daiya. Naturally, I was pretty excited to try FYH’s new vegan slices. FYH sent me two slices each of American, provolone, and garden herb to sample.
What I did, obviously, was make a glorious grilled cheese. Actually, I first tried a garden herb slice alone, fresh out of the fridge, and honestly, it wasn’t so great. It’s plasticky and unyielding to the tooth, and not super flavorful, either. Disappointing. However, the very properties that make it unsuitable for eating raw raise it to glorious heights when melted.
I make an excellent vegan grilled cheese. I know that when using the standard FYH “wet block,” the tricks are to slice it thin, overlap evenly, and broil the sandwich open-faced till the cheese nears melting before slapping it together and grilling the exterior of the sandwich. This is super-annoying, but if you want a flawless grilled cheese sandwich using the vegan cheese that doesn’t nauseate you, these are the steps you must take.
However, with FYH’s new formula, making a vegan grilled cheese is as easy as working with standard torture-cheese. You put it on the bread, you put the bread in the pan, you fry until golden brown. Within the crunchy fried bread, the Follow Your Heart cheeses will be soft and melting. The above pictured sandwich was made with one slice of each of the provolone, American, and garden herb. It tasted of salt and fat and childhood. Do you miss the blandly comforting grilled cheeses d’antan? Here they are, once more within your grasp.
Follow Your Heart’s brand new cheeses come in provolone, American, garden herb, and mozzarella flavors. They come in blocks and slices, and the provolone and American also come in singles. They will be available nationwide in “early 2015,” we’re told. In the meantime, we can dream of the perfect vegan grilled cheese.
Hold the mother-loving phone, what amazingness is this?! It’s a pear, raspberry, and vegan bacon grilled cheese sandwich from That Was Vegan? Dang, that sounds awesome times eleven! I want one of these in my mouth, stat!
What in the name of heaven and earth is THIS? It’s the Aurora Borealis, the vegan grilled cheese masterpiece by Compassion Over Killing’s Gwendolyn Mathers, and it won third place, Pro “Honey Pot,” in L.A.’s 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. I have several questions:
1. Gwendolyn Mathers, how’d you get to be so brilliant?
2. Why haven’t we hosted an all-vegan grilled cheese invitational yet? (This one I can answer: STUPID.)
3. Who wants to make this for me, like, yesterday?
[image by Compassion Over Killing via LAist]
Tomato Basil Soup with Focaccia Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from totally awesome blog, Vegan Yack Attack! I think dipping bread in soup is one of the finest activities in the world. Promote that bread to a focaccia grilled cheese? BLAMMO! You’re living the life! You know, THEE life.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese is the ideal winter snack. And it makes me feel like I’m some sort of frontier settler like the American Girl doll I had, Kirsten (I always wanted Samantha though). Boy! What a hustle the American Girl dolls were. My doll’s clothes used to cost more than mine! I was driven to stealing money from my brother’s giant plastic Coca-cola bottle coin bank to buy those expensive doll dresses. I was a junkie! But then my brother caught me one day and it was so embarrassing. We had an American Girl intervention.
Vegan grilled cheese a possibility! »
The American is a new grilled cheese restaurant opening in South Park (January-ish, we gather?), and we have heard through the grapevine that some vegan options may be included in the final menu. Currently, vegan grilled cheese is only available in SF at Ike’s Place.
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