Easy Vegan Recipe | Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese

 Plant Base Recipe | Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese - www.gracewithhumility.com

Plant Base Recipe | Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese - www.gracewithhumility.com

** This recipe is not sponsored by or affiliated with the brands mentioned. My opinions are honest and of my own **

I finally Tried Vegan Cheese

Longing for cheese

Okay, so I've been vegan or should I say plant base for nearly two years now. It's done wonders for my health but as I transitioned from vegetarian to the more extreme plant base, giving up cheese was a struggle. 

I never was a cheese fanatic, but I do enjoy cooking delicious meals and more so eating them and unfortunately, some recipes require cheese and there ain't no way around it. 

Pasta dishes like lasagna, mac n cheese, and pizza were some of my favs and I had to compromise with a cheese substitution like vegan parmesan. 

I've pretty much mastered my vegan parm cheese recipe made with nutritional yeast and cashews and yes, it did get me through but something was still missing... 

...the flavor, consistency, and meltiness of cheese. 

The Discovery

Pregnancy cravings is what led me to trying real vegan cheese for the first time. Just out of no where the last two weeks I've been obsessing over grilled cheese sandwiches. 

I knew I couldn't successfully create one using my vegan parm so after doing some extra research on the best tasting and most affordable soy-free, vegan cheese I took the plunge. 

I normally ignored the vegan cheese options in my local grocery store, but one day I set out on a mission to purchase a few varieties. And let me tell you I was NOT disappointment with my selections. 

I experimented with the Daiya Cheddar Cheese Slices and the Follow Your Heart Pepper Jack Cheese Style Slices variety. 

I want to be honest in that I detested dairy pepper jack cheese, but and I mean a big BUT when I tried the Follow Your Heart version I was literally dancing in the kitchen. 

I tested it on the Gardein Hamburger Sliders (pretty much my only soy product compromise I'll make other than Tamari) and fell in love.

I ate two sliders that day for dinner one with pepper jack and the other with the Daiya Cheddar Cheese Slices and it was like the best vegan burger I've ever had...because it had cheese!  

 Vegan Cast Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich – www.gracewithhumility.com
 Plant Base Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese Sandwich – www.gracewithhumility.com

Introducing The Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese

After my successful plant base, cheese burger sliders I knew that Daiya Cheddar Cheese Slices would work perfectly on a grilled cheese sandwich.

And I must say I was right. I remember craving a grilled cheese sandwich at 4am early one morning so I whipped one up in the kitchen and went to sleep right afterward. Let's just say my tummy was satisfied. Pregnancy can do that to ya. 

Now I haven't used the pepper jack in a grilled cheese sandwich, but I have used it in my vegan mac n cheese recipe I will share later. What I did try from Follow Your Heart was their American Cheese Style Slices and that is what I'll be sharing down below. 

For the longest I believed that all vegan or plant base cheese tasted awful and non-convincing. But my little Babycakes, I'm currently carrying in my tummy, led me to step outside my comfort zone to expand my palate horizons. Thanks Babycakes, my loves you!

** This recipe is not sponsored by or affiliated with the brands mentioned. My opinions are honest and of my own **

 

Recipe

Prep Time: 2 mins

Cook Time: 5-10 mins

Skill Level: Easy

Serving Size: 1

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of sourdough bread
  • Oil or vegan butter enough to coat iron skillet
  • 1-2 slices of melt friendly, vegan/plant base cheese 

Kitchen Tools:

  • 1 iron skillet 
  • 1 lid large enough to cover your skillet

 

 

Watch Me Cook

 

Instructions:

Set your iron skillet on medium low to medium heat. Add enough oil or vegan butter to coat the skillet, but not enough to fry your sandwich.

Take your two slices of sourdough bread and add your desired amount of cheese on one slice and place the other slice on top to make your sandwich. 

Once the iron skillet is hot gently place your sandwich in the oiled skillet and cover with your lid. Let it cook for about 5mins or until you achieve your desired toastiness. Flip your sandwich and repeat on the second side making sure to cover the skillet with your lid (add more oil first if need be). It generally takes less time to grill the other side. 

Remove from heat and enjoy! Be careful not to burn your mouth from biting into the hot sandwich.

 

Notes: 

I honestly recommended using fresh sourdough bread in this recipe as it gives the sandwich a unique flavor, but by all means use the bread of your choice.

In addition, grilling your sandwich on a cast iron skillet rather than a panini machine, toaster, toaster oven, or a non cast iron skillet and then covering with a lid makes all the difference in how this sandwich turns out.