Vegan Grilled Cheese

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese is such a great comfort food, isn’t it? Before my grandmother passed away last fall, I would visit her every couple weeks and often make her grilled cheese and tomato soup (I wasn’t vegan at that point so it was just regular grilled cheese). It’s amazing how food can bring back memories – both my husband and I noticed that we were strongly reminded of those visits as we ate this lunch, and we hadn’t even thought about that connection before we started eating. Since this was of course not actual cheese, it’s even more impressive how strong the memories can be.

I had it with a side of pickles and some salsa to dip it in, but this would go so well with a nice warm bowl of tomato soup, too. Does anyone else have a side dish that they associate with grilled cheese sandwiches? Or a food that brings back strong memories?

I got this cheese recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, which I’ll review soon but I want to make some more recipes from it first. This is really quick and easy to throw together, so it’s a good option for a weekend lunch or quick dinner. Just blend all the “cheese” ingredients together in a blender or food processor, and you’ll have a sort of wet mixture like so:

Heat that on the stove for just a few minutes (whisking frequently) and it’ll thicken into a nice gooey mixture:

Then just spread that nice & thick onto some bread (I used sourdough on this occasion, and it worked great).

You can also add a spoonful or two of salsa at this point, or a couple of tomato slices, whatever sounds exciting to you.

That’s salsa in the photo above, by the way – it kind of looked like jelly to me at first glance and that would just be gross. You’re welcome to use jelly if you want, I guess – what you do in the privacy of your own home is not my business. But I recommend at least sticking with the savory family.

Stick two slices of bread together and lightly toast on a skillet for 2-3 minutes per side. Since the “cheese” is already warm you can really just go off of how dark you like your bread, which makes it nice and simple.

Serve with some more salsa or tomato soup or whatever you’d like. It doesn’t taste exactly like traditional grilled cheese, but it does taste good and it definitely has that grilled cheese feeling. “Grilled Cheese-esque”, if you will.

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak (reprinted with permission from the author). Makes about 4-6 sandwiches.
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4.89 from 9 votes
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Author: Jessica Verma

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 c. water
  • 1/2 c. roasted red peppers skin & seeds removed or pimiento pieces
  • 1/3 c. quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. kuzu arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp sesame tahini
  • 2 tsp onion powder I used about 2 Tbsp fresh chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: garlic powder I used 2 cloves chopped garlic, ground dill seed or coriander, dry mustard, and paprika.
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 8-12 slices of bread use rice bread to make this recipe gluten free
  • Tomatoes or salsa optional

Instructions

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except bread and tomatoes, in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is very thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Spread about 3-4 Tbsp of mixture each onto half of the bread slices. Top with a slice of tomato or some salsa, if desired, and remaining bread slices.
  • Heat in a large skillet (lightly misted with olive oil) over medium heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Cut diagonally and serve. Or cut straight across or don't cut it at all, I'm not the boss of you.
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20 Comments

  • Hello! I’m new to your blog – found you via Oh She Glows – and absolutely love it! I’ve been vegetarian for years but have been trying to eliminate dairy and eggs over the last few months, but I really miss CHEESE! I live in Bangladesh and we don’t get soy cheese substitutes (or even nutritional yeast) so I am very, very happy to see this recipe. I LIVED on grilled cheese sandwiches when I was studying in London and didn’t have time to cook… so seeing a vegan grilled cheese recipe makes me very happy! I’ve ordered some n. yeast online so if it ever arrives I’ll be trying this out… or maybe I’ll try it without!

    • I’m not sure in this recipe, but usually the nutritional yeast is pretty important to making these things taste cheesy. Fortunately it lasts a pretty long time so if you can manage to order a big bag online you should be set for a while! I’ll see if I have any “cheese” recipes that don’t involve nooch…


  • I have tried this recipe and just love it. Unfortunatly my three teen-age grand daughters did not. I feel they are just too used to the real cheese taste and not really willing to give this recipe another chance.. I have high cholesteral and know real cheese is bad for me so I am willing to try recipes until I find what I like. It is truly so easy to make and stores good.
    Thanks…..Jane

    • Glad you liked it! That’s awesome that you are figuring out ways to improve your health with food – so important! Sorry your grandkids don’t like it, but that’s how it is with a lot of things, isn’t it? People have to be willing to try things with an open mind 🙂


  • Thanks for the recipe. I have to say though, 3 tbsp is *way* too much lemon juice. I just made this and that’s all I can taste. Great consistency though.

  • Hi! I’ve just spent the last two hours reading your blog!
    I’m loving it!
    Oh and tomato soup all the way with grilled cheese and of course a dill pickle!


  • WOW!!! This recipe is truly amazing. So much like the real thing too. Even a bit stringy like cheese. Very impressed! I’m always looking for the top vegan recipes. This one is more than 5 stars. I think this one will be much better for my vegan pizza as well. I just got finished eating my first sandwich and now I am going to have another. I preferred to leave out the dry mustard and I used cayenne pepper instead just for better health reasons. I will be making this one a LOT!!! and will probably purchase the ultimate uncheese cookbook. Thanks so much for sharing!


  • This is the best vegan grilled cheese recipe I’ve ever tasted. . . the rolled oats as texture is a great idea. I added basil and sun dried tomatoes, and skipped the dill + paprika because I didn’t have any. . . I also added olives, caramelized onion, and avocado to the grilled cheese. So so amazing, thanks for posting this!!


  • Duuuuuuuuude!! I made this last night after searching for a vegan grilled cheese recipe and it was KILLER! Don’t even hesitate to make this… it was creamy and yummy and flavorful, all the things I used to love in a grilled cheese. Absolutely awesome, and I paired it with this soup which you simply must dip the sandwich in. It complimented the flavors in the “cheese” perfectly: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14391.0

    Thanks for posting such a great recipe! I’m ordering a copy of the cookbook ASAP.

  • This cheeze looks AMAZING! I am always looking for non-processed, soy-free easy vegan cheese recipes to make at home. Does it store well in the fridge if I only want to make one sandwich?

  • The fact that you said jelly would be disgusting is hilarious, because thats how I always have my grilled cheese. Except you grill it, and then spread it on top of the bread, like you would toast.

    Its surprisingly delicious, I’ve had it that way most of my life, and everyone thinks I’m crazy TILL they try it! Honestly, try it for one sandwhich, then go with it. If you use diaya shreds to make grilled cheese, it really makes it taste more like grilled cheese (its masks the obviously non-cheese flavor and you just get the texture and cheesyness).


  • Loved this! I have been vegetarian for 8 months and switched to vegan a little over 2 weeks ago. I’ve aid all along my chances at succeeding depend alot on finding alternatives to grilled cheese and pizza! Grilled cheese recipe is covered!! Next Saturday I will be trying ur pizza. Ur blog is awesome!!! I am making ur granola, egg salad and roasted chickpeas tomorrow!!!


  • Have been wanting to make this for a while and finally did! Everyone in our household loved it. Reminded me of nacho dip. Kids will use the leftover cheese for dipping vegetables. Thanks!!!

  • I have this cookbook, and in the recipe it also has 1/3c of cashews. Did you just leave that out when you made it, or did you just forget to add it in the ingredients? Just curious


  • Best cheeze sauce ever! We use this for any Mexican food night, and in many other ways! Such a great recipe+

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