Savor the nostalgic and comforting flavors of a classic grilled cheese sandwich, transformed into a delicious and dairy-free delight with this Vegan Grilled Cheese Recipe. Whether you’re a longtime vegan or looking to explore plant-based options, this vegan grilled cheese will satisfy your cravings with its melty, gooey texture and rich taste. In this recipe, we use vegan cheese, plant-based butter, and wholesome bread to recreate the beloved comfort food without any animal products. Get ready to experience the same warm, cheesy goodness in every bite, while also aligning with your ethical and dietary choices. So, let’s heat up the pan and indulge in this scrumptious vegan twist on a timeless favorite.
Servings: Makes 2 sandwiches
- 4 slices of your favorite vegan bread (whole grain, sourdough, or gluten-free)
- 4-6 tablespoons vegan butter (margarine or coconut oil can be used)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded vegan cheese (e.g., vegan cheddar, mozzarella, or a blend)
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional, for added cheesy flavor)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Pinch of salt and black pepper, to taste
- Tomato slices (optional, for added freshness)
- Vegan pesto or mustard (optional, for added flavor)
- In a small bowl, mix the shredded vegan cheese with nutritional yeast (if using), garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. This seasoning blend will enhance the cheesy flavor of the sandwich.
- Lay out 4 slices of bread on a clean surface. Spread a thin layer of vegan butter on one side of each slice.
- Flip two slices of the bread, so the buttered side is facing down. On each slice, add a generous amount of the seasoned vegan cheese.
- If desired, add tomato slices or a spread of vegan pesto or mustard on top of the cheese.
- Place the remaining two slices of bread on top of the cheese and other fillings, with the buttered side facing upward.
- Preheat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
- Once the skillet is hot, carefully transfer the assembled sandwiches to the skillet.
- Cook the sandwiches for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until the bread turns golden brown and crispy, and the cheese inside is melted and gooey.
- To ensure even melting of the cheese, you can cover the skillet with a lid while cooking, trapping the heat to melt the cheese.
- Once both sides are perfectly grilled, remove the sandwiches from the skillet.
- Allow the vegan grilled cheese to cool for a minute before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 sandwich, approximate values):
- Calories: 406
- Total Fat: 26g
- Saturated Fat: 10g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 733mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 32g
- Dietary Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 3g
- Protein: 11g