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A grilled cheese sandwich is an easy lunch for kids and adults, You can make it with vegan cheese if you are eating dairy-free or eliminating animal products.
Making a delicious vegan grilled cheese is dependent on two things—the bread and the vegan cheese. Try a few different brands to find the ones you like best; three of my favorites are Follow Your Heart, Daiya, and Teese. With Daiya, you have a choice of their Daiya shreds or slices. Another choice that emulates American cheese slices is Earth Island American Style Slices.
Your choice of bread is also important for making a great vegan grilled cheese sandwich. You don't have to use sourdough, as in this recipe. A whole grain dairy-free bread will add even more texture. Whatever bread you choose, it should be about 1/2 inch thick in order to not dry out when grilled.
This recipe uses olive oil for pan-frying. If you want a buttery flavor, try using a vegan butter instead.
- 8 ounces vegan cheese (of your choice, shredded or cut into thin slices)
- 8 slices dairy-free sourdough bread
- 2 teaspoons olive oil (for pan-frying)
Place about 2 ounces of dairy-free cheese, shredded or in strips, on top of four of the bread slices, then top with the remaining four and press the sandwiches together firmly.
Lightly oil a non-stick cooking pan with olive oil, then place it over medium-high heat and add the sandwiches.
Cook each sandwich until the dairy-free cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve warm.
This basic grilled cheese sandwich pairs well with a salad or a cup of vegan tomato soup, perfect for dipping. It's a satisfying comfort food lunch on a rainy day.
If you want to take your grilled cheese game up a notch, there are many ways to adorn this sandwich. You can use any of these additions, by themselves or in combination:
Vegan pesto or fresh basil leaves
Fruit jam (fig, berry, apple, rhubarb, orange marmalade)
Thinly sliced apple
Onion slices or carmelized grilled onions
Arugula, spinach, kale, or other greens
Horseradish sauce (vegan)
Sweet or dill pickles or relish
Roasted bell peppers (red, green, yellow, or a combination)
Canned artichoke hearts (chopped)
Broccoli or cauliflower (steamed or roasted, finely chopped)
This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully. Search for any hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or other allergens, if these apply to you).