Alright alright alright, vegan cheese has come a loooooong way since Daiya used to be the only thing you could get.
Now you can get fermented cheese for a charcuterie board, American cheese for your burger, and smoked gouda for a grilled cheese.
The vegan cheese game IMO still has a lot of hurdles to jump through before it hits as hard as the very thing it’s trying to replace.
When it comes to cheese, I am a realist.
When I say I am a realist I simply mean I keep shit as real as possible.
Dairy is scary, but it’s delicious. What’s not delicious is all vegan cheeses. Let’s not harp though, and concentrate on the positive.
HERE ARE MY TOP 5 FAVORITE VEGAN CHEESES
1. OATzarella – For STRAIGHT OUT THE BAG
To me, O.Z. is a newcomer. I started grabbing this from Erewhon a couple of months back and was blown away that my son goes ham on it uncooked and cold.
It’s by far got one of the best textures and flavors just straight out of the bag.
It’s versatile. Good for a quesadilla, grilled cheese, or some pizza.
Although the color gets a little weird during the melt, which shouldn’t matter but we do eat with our eyes, so it’s worth noting. It’s also much pricer than its other classmates.
You get what you pay for though: great flavor, good melt, and satisfied tastebuds.
2. Miyokos Liquid Mozzarella – For PIZZA
I recently just tried this cheese on some pizza at Purgatory and it was fire.
So many vegan cheeses have this phlegm thing they do in the back of your mouth…
I think it happens because of non-caking agents they use, but Miyokos liquid mozz doesn’t do this.
It’s a little hard to use and really only makes sense for pizza and pasta, but it’s fire.
It tastes a lot like the cheese I make at Hot Tongue.
3. Miyokos Hard Cheeses – for CHARCUTERIE
This cheese is bomb. All of it. If you want to make a cheese board, this is the only way to go.
I bet most people at your party won’t even know the difference between this cheese and its dairy counterparts.
Miyokos also has a great cookbook that has great, easy-to-make-at-home cheese.
The real secret here is that the best vegan cheese you can get is the one you haven’t made yet.
4. Violife Sliced Cheeses – for BURGERS, SANDWICHES & GRILLED CHEESE
This is my go-to for burgers. I like the melt and the flavor.
Throw this on a portobello mushroom, slap some Grillo Pickles, and some homemade veganaise on them buns, and you’ve got an instant classic.
Violife offers great flavors in their sliced cheese varieties that can spice up any sandwich or burger.
5. My own Recipe – for EVERYTHING
The cheese is equally as good as all these cheeses above & it’s made with far fewer ingredients.
It’s also a blank canvas. It packs flavor on its own, but you can add some peppers to make pepper jack, add liquid smoke to get smoked mozzarella.
The flavor combinations are endless.
Don’t sleep on it, give it a try!