Monday, May 18, 2009

Daiya Vegan Cheese, Take Two



Last night, my friends Foodeater and the Quarrygirl team gathered in a gorgeous kitchen to further test the Daiya vegan cheese I mentioned here. With a bag of the Italian (mozzarella) flavor and a bag of the cheddar flavor, we set out to make two pizzas and grilled cheese sandwiches.



While we were waiting for the first pizza to bake, we whipped up a grilled cheese sandwich that was the best I've had since my dairy-consuming days. In grilled cheese form, the cheddar Daiya tasted just like the mild, creamy American cheese that I would only tolerate in a grilled cheese sandwich when I was a kid (I never was able to eat the orange squares straight from their plastic wrappers as some kids did).

The Quarrygirl pair introduced me to a pizza topping combo that I absolutely loved: fresh tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, and fresh garlic. You can see that pizza in all its deliciousness at the top of this post (check out the stretch of the Daiya!).



Our second pizza was topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, Field Roast sausage, and Yves pepperoni. This was also a really good pizza. I enjoyed the spiciness of the faux meats against the creaminess of the Daiya and the freshness of the veggies.

This experiment solidified my original thoughts about the Daiya Italian style. Its flavor is mild and creamy and it definitely sticks to the back of the teeth when eating. Next time I make pizzas, I think I'll mix some of the cheddar in with the Italian to add a little flavor. I'm not sure how well cheddar goes on pizza, but the Italian is too mild on its own. I'm also really looking forward to a time when Daiya is available in block form so we can create a thicker, more pizza-conducive shred. Fingers crossed that will be soon!

10 comments:

Vegan_Noodle said...

Impressive!! I have been craving a grilled cheese sandwich... maybe I need to go order some of that stuff!

julie hasson said...

Let me know if you're still interesting in testing recipes. I need your email address.

Thanks! Julie

Jeni Treehugger said...

Daiya Vegan Cheese is so in my face at the moment - though sadly not literally and that is the problem. Daiya needs to get itself to Spain!
I've heard nothing but wonderful glorious things about this new cheese.

(and yes, I'm sulking)

Foodeater said...

I'm still dreaming about that grilled cheese... so delicious and so "real" tasting. Daiyaaaaaaamn!

Ricki said...

Sure does look good, though!

shellyfish said...

I was the same - faux cheese like velveeta, etc. grossed me out as a kid - unless it was in a grilled cheese! I so wish I could get my mitts on some of this stuff!

quarrygirl said...

that was the best grilled cheese i've ever had. i am forever in your debt for that tutorial!

Hannah said...

I've got to admit... I rarely crave cheesy pizza, but I could seriously go for a slice or two of that right now!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I am so curious to try this now!

Wheeler's Crew said...

Those all look sooo yummy!