Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A simple recipe and yet a good one.  Perfect for college students on a budget and with limited time/cooking skills.

Alright.  Gonna be honest and put this right out there. This was my first grilled cheese since going vegan (about seven months back now), so it wasn’t bad.  However, this sandwich may be a bit challenging for those of you non-vegans that are freaked out by the prospect of vegan “cheese.” (HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK???)

So.  Not that you really need a recipe for grilled cheese, but I loosely used Ann Gentry’s recipe in “Vegan Family Meals: Real Food for Everyone.”  It’s pretty much what you would expect. Here’s what you need:

  • whole wheat bread
  • vegan mayonnaise
  • cheddar, american, swiss, or monterey jack vegan cheese (you can use any combo)
  • vegan butter

First, butter both sides of the bread.  I recommend Earth Balance:

Then spread the mayo on the insides of the sandwich.  This is what vegan mayo looks like, in case y’all are wondering:

Aaaand then you put a couple slices of the scary vegan cheese between the bread to form the sandwich.  Obviously you can use real cheese if you want, but if you’re brave enough to try the vegan alternative, make sure the cheese you buy is casein-free.  Companies like to sneak in milk protein for some reason.  You can buy the cheese in slices or a block.  This is what I used:

After that, you put a few tablespoons of butter on a hot grill pan at medium heat.  Place the sandwich on the grill pan and cook for about 3 minutes, or until golden-brown.  Turn the sandwich over and repeat.  Make sure the cheese is fully melted.

Here’s what mine looked like:

Yum! You now have your animal-free sandwich, enjoy!

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