Tonight we decided to try Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella shredded cheese. Up until recently, we never lived anywhere near a Trader Joe’s, so we never had a chance to try any of their vegan products. We had a lot to choose from, but we figured we’d be bold and go straight for the cheese. As you probably know from your own experiences, vegan cheeses are really hit or miss. Typically, they’re either terrific or terrible with no in between. That being said, I’m pleased to say Trader Joe’s vegan cheese was terrific.
Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella Cheese Review
The cheese was surprisingly realistic but in no way too realistic, if you know what I mean. The first thing we noticed when we opened the bag was that it smelled like real cheese, however, it did not repel us like the smell of real cheese does. I quickly tasted a piece and it also tasted very much like real mozzarella. All in all, it passed Phase I, but now we had to find out if it could pass Phase II: The melt & stretch test.
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We figured a grilled cheese sandwich would be the perfect test subject for Phase II. First and foremost, if the cheese on your grilled cheese doesn’t melt, it’s a failure. Secondly, if the cheese does not stretch when you separate the halves, it might not be a bad grilled cheese, but it’s certainly not a great grilled cheese. Thankfully, the Trader Joe’s cheese both melted and stretched!
In summary, we were very impressed with Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella, and would recommend it.
Gourmet Vegan Mozzarella Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onion, Peach and Arugula on Ciabatta Bread
This sandwich was obviously very easy to make and it tasted fantastic. WOW. As soon as I was done with it I wanted to turn around and make another one.
- Freshly Baked Bread
- Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella (shredded)
- Peach (thinly sliced)
- Sea Salt
- Add onion to a pan with about 1 tsp of oil and slowly sauté over low-med heat for 15 to 20 min. After they are soft and golden brown, add a pinch of course sea salt – I used some rosemary sea salt I had and it was awesome.
- Layer the ingredients on the bread in the order above. Place the assembled sandwich in the same pant that you cooked your onions in and cook over low-med heat until it’s golden brown on both sides.