Grilled Cheeze

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Haven't you heard?  April is National Grilled Cheese month!  I have been making Dayv Grilled Cheeze for months now, as it is one of his favorite dinners.  I could lie and say I make him fancy grilled cheeze, layered with fruit and a savory jam to dip it in(like my girlfriend Courtney), but we all know my husband is a man of simple pleasures.

Dayv actually came up with the idea of using tomato sauce to dip the sandwiches in, as it is reminiscent of tomato soup(which I have yet to make a vegan version of).  I find enjoyment in cutting the sandwiches into quarters, even though Dayv has told me on several occasions that it isn't necessary.  Maybe it's my maternal instinct coming through, having a desire to make bite-sized food.  Whatever the reason, it makes them look super cute and easy to dip.  Nevertheless, it's optional ;)

Grilled Cheeze
makes two sandwiches
4 pieces of gluten-free vegan bread(I use Ener-G brand)
1/2-1 cup cheddar-style Daiya shreds(depending on the size of your bread and love of Daiya)
1-2 tbsp Earth Balance
1/4-1/3 cup tomato sauce
pizza spice, or other spice, to taste(optional)

Place 2 slices of bread on a microwave-safe dinner plate.  Top each slice with an equal amount of cheeze.  Gently place another slice of bread over each cheeze topped piece.  Microwave for 1 minute, or until cheeze has melted and bound the two pieces of bread together.

Remove from the microwave and, to the best of your ability, spread desired amount Earth Balance in the center of one side of each sandwich.  Place both sandwiches Earth Balance side down onto a skillet.  Heat the skillet over medium heat.  While the sandwiches are being grilled on the one side, place additional Earth Balance in the center of the pieces of bread which are facing up.

Let the sandwich cook for 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned on one side.  Flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat.

In a saucepan, or microwave-safe container with a lid(to place, not fit), heat tomato sauce until warm.  Add additional spices, if desired.

Cut sandwiches into quarters(optional).  Serve with prepared tomato sauce, to dip, and a salad, like this one.  Enjoy!

38 comments:

  1. i love these cheesy bites.. i am anyway a sucker for bread.. as if the world did not know that.. and grilled up with gooey cheeze.. hell yes! love the idea of the warm ketchup with it. some of your geniusness is rubbing off dayv!

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    1. oooh- i love that "cheesy bites" ;) dayv can be quite creative with food, sometimes he really surprises me. he's become increasingly interested in trying new things, which i just love <3

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    2. I know right.. my hubbs actually hides his creativity most days(faking incompetency so he doesnt have to cook;). but there are days when he comes up with crazy ideas that work! some years back he burnt the tempering for the daal soup, the onions, garlic and all.. and dint tell me and we loved the smoked flavor.. now that daal is called hubbs's smoked Daal!.

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    3. it's so awesome when mistakes turn into delicious creations! smoked daal sounds delish!

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  2. Oooh! These take me right back to the super old-school Wonder Bread and Kraft Singles sammies I had when I was a kid (then for a few months in college, when I was poor). And finger foods are just more fun, no matter how you slice it (pun intended). Love this!

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    1. omigosh, kraft singles! you know, i always HATED them, or any individually pieces of cheese wrapped in plastic. it literally made me gag.

      and i agree, i love finger foods!

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  3. I like the idea of dipping grilled cheese in tomato sauce! It legitimizes it somehow and makes it more of a meal. Growing up, I loved cream of tomato soup with grilled cheese, but it's not something I've recreated since going vegan either. I may have to try that sometime.

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    1. it totally legitimizes it. tomato soup and grilled cheese was one of dayv's favorite, too. i still gotta get on that.

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  4. I did not have a grilled cheese for so long! I used to love eating grilled cheese when I felt lazy...Next time I'm not into the cooking mood I will make these. Yum!!

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    1. they are the best meal for that reason! it literally takes 10 minutes to make these, which is incredibly convenient when you are in a rush(like i usually am) ;)

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  5. A dinnery-snack, I love those! :) Your sandwiches do look so very cute quartered like that. :)

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  6. Davy has great taste, grilled cheese is one of my favorites too! I have never tied the vegan cheese before. How does Davy like the vegan cheese compared to the dairy kind?

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    1. he doesn't like it in large quantities, like on vegan pizza he likes just a little. also, i don't use a ton of cheese in the sandwiches and the tomato sauce helps mask the taste a bit.

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  7. Mmm, love grilled cheese, especially with tomato soup (or sauce) for dipping!
    I've been seeing so many fancy 'April is Grilled Cheese Month' posts, but it's nice to see a more traditional, simple recipe. Love it! :D

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  8. Holy melty sandwiches! Love the idea of dipping them into tomato sauce--it's like a pizza grilled cheese then :)

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  9. Thank you so much for posting this!! I was literally just craving grilled cheese. Mmm!!! This looks so good.

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    1. you are welcome, lady ;) go make some now!

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  10. reminds me of my childhood - cheese on toast & ketchup :) happy memories

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    1. i love food that reminds me of my childhood, too ;) to be young again..

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  11. Yummy! I'm a sucker for dipping sauces. *hehe* I love dips, sauces, salsas, etc. I never thought to dip a grilled cheese in tomato sauce. Great suggestion! Thanks for the mention cutie pie! xoxoxox :)

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    1. you dip away, girl! i love all of your dips ;) and you are welcome. you're amazing <3

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  12. That looks just like the grilled cheese sandwiches I used to love when I was a kid! Yum. Quartering them is the way to go! :) My favorite way to cut them was to make four or five strips...I'm not sure how or why I started doing that, haha.

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    1. i am totally doing that next! grilled cheeze strips- i'm sure dayv will LOVE them :)

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  13. Have you tried Follow Your Heart cheez yet? I am always curious about it every time I pass it and wonder if it tastes better than Daiya...

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    1. i got it for dayv when he FIRST went vegan(over a year and half ago now). i think he thought it was ok. i should buy it to try again since he's not a big fan of daiya.

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  14. Something quick & easy..and delicious! I love your version, Happy National Grilled Cheeze Month!

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    1. thank you, dear! happy grilled cheese month!

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  15. Yum! I love how you've cut the sandwiches into quarters - so cute!

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    1. thanks, jennifer! isn't it more fun to eat cute food?

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  16. How I missed grilled cheese sandwiches. I could never get any vegan cheese to really melt. I must try your method. Thanks so much for the recipe! :-)

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    1. you're welcome! i used to not microwave it, but the cheeze would never really melt and the sandwich would get messy. i hope you enjoy the method!

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  17. I am convinced Justin and Dayv were cut from the sae cloth...the most elaborate grilled cheeze Justin likes is cheeze with veggie bacon - moe on the pther hand loves spinach and tomato with mustard - YUM!

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  18. yumm! I want one for lunch now :>

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