Who loves cheese? I love my vegan cheeses and I’m not ashamed to admit it. When Daiya contacted me about sending me some of their products to try, I said no. Not because I didn’t want them, but because I’ve already tried them all! I have never met a Daiya cheese I didn’t like! My favorite is probably the jack style wedge because it’s mild and creamy and soft when melted, but the mozzarella and cheddar shreds are also permanent residents in our fridge.
Today I had a quick grilled cheese sandwich made with: tomato, baby spinach, a bit of Colman’s mustard, Daiya jack style cheese, and an onion ring for good measure. The onion ring was pre-cooked and crispy, of course, and I buttered up the bread with a little Earth Balance to get it nice and toasty. I kept the skillet covered while I was grilling the sandwich to help the cheese reach its maximum melting potential, and it did!
Here’s how to make a perfectly melted vegan cheese sandwich:
1- Microwave a frozen onion ring only for a few seconds until softened.
2- Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add about a teaspoon of olive oil and and the onion ring and cook for about a minute on each side. This is just to crisp it up, because nobody likes a soggy onion ring.
3- Grab two slices of bread and your other ingredients while your onion ring is cooking. In my case, it was just baby spinach, tomato, mustard, and sliced Daiya cheese.
4- Check the onion ring! Don’t let it burn! Butter up both slices of bread on both sides and start piling up the ingredients on top of a slice. From the bottom-up: mustard, cheese, spinach, tomato, onion ring, more cheese, and then top it with the other slice of bread.
5- Carefully transfer the sandwich onto the hot skillet and cover it with a tight lid. Give it a minute and check to make sure it’s not burning.
6- When the bottom looks nice and toasty, use a large spatula to flatten the sandwich down a bit, and then carefully flip it over to cook the other side. Cook it covered until toasty and eat up! Careful it’s hot and gooey!
How would you like to win some free vegan cheese? Daiya will send two winners three coupons for free delicious vegan cheeses! Here’s how you can enter the giveaway:
– All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment and then click “I commented” on the Rafflecopter widget. Say whatever you want. If you don’t know what to say you can answer this: What will you make with your tasty Daiya vegan cheese if you win the coupons?
– You can follow the Rafflecopter widget’s instructions if you would like to earn more entries!
– Two winners will each get three Daiya coupons.
– This giveaway is open to US and Canada readers.
– I will announce the winners next Wednesday 26th.
– Please don’t forget to enter your email address if you don’t have a blog so I can contact you if you win!
Thank you, Daiya for this giveaway and for spreading the vegan cheese love! (See what I did there? Spread? Cheese? Never mind.)
(Andrea called me out when I forgot to include a feathered friend at the bottom of my post last Monday, so here is a picture of Woody the red-bellied woodpecker eating a peanut!)