Vegan Cheese Hacks: Innovative Ways to Elevate Your Everyday Cooking

cheesy stuffed mushrooms
Pictured: stuffed mushrooms with sun-dried tomatoes and garlic & herb vegan cheese. Recipe here.

Vegan cheese has revolutionised the culinary world, offering a delicious alternative to traditional dairy-based cheese. Gone are the days of weird smelling concoctions with iffy aftertastes!

While it's perfect for classic applications like topping pizzas and making sandwiches, this versatile plant-based ingredient can be used in countless creative ways to elevate your everyday cooking. In this article, we'll explore some hacks to utilise vegan cheese beyond the usual, such as in creamy dressings, savoury dips, or even desserts.

  1. Creamy Vegan Cheese Dressings: Instead of reaching for store-bought dressings, why not create your own luscious and dairy-free dressings using vegan cheese as a base? Blend together some vegan cheese with a splash of plant-based milk, a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and your favourite herbs and spices. The result is a rich and creamy dressing that pairs perfectly with fresh salads or roasted vegetables. We recommend our Garlic & Herb for this!

  2. Cheesy Vegan Savoury Dips: Impress your guests with delectable savoury dips featuring vegan cheese (not that they'd guess it!). Melt down your preferred vegan cheese with some plant-based milk, then add ingredients like chopped sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, or a sprinkle of paprika for a burst of flavour. Serve the dip with crispy tortilla chips, toasted pita bread, or crunchy vegetable sticks for a crowd-pleasing appetiser. Give this a go with our Blue, or even our Shamembert! If you go for Shamembert, 'slice off' the lid and then bake before mixing in extra flavouring and using the rind as an edible bowl!

  3. Vegan Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms: Take your stuffed mushroom game to the next level by filling them with a vegan cheese mixture. Create the filling by combining vegan cheese, finely chopped spinach, breadcrumbs, and a dash of nutmeg. Stuff the mixture into mushroom caps and bake until the cheese is gooey and the mushrooms are tender. These delectable morsels make for a scrumptious party or dinner party appetiser. Our truffle-y Bree works super well!

  4. Vegan Cheese and Herb Pull-Apart Bread: Transform a simple loaf of bread into a show-stopping centrepiece with vegan cheese and herb pull-apart bread. Cut deep slits into the loaf and stuff them with a mixture of vegan cheese, chopped fresh herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake until the bread is crusty on the outside and oozing with cheesy goodness on the inside. 

  5. Vegan Cheese Dessert Delights: Believe it or not, vegan cheese can play a role in satisfying your sweet tooth too! Create a delightful vegan cheesecake by blending a plain vegan cream cheese, coconut cream, and your choice of sweetener. Pour the mixture over a biscuit base and let it set in the fridge. Top with fresh fruit or a fruit compote for a decadent and guilt-free dessert. Should we start making a dessert cheese?! 

Incorporating vegan cheese into your everyday cooking opens up a world of delicious possibilities. From savoury dips and dressings to mouthwatering desserts, the versatility of vegan cheese knows no bounds. So, let your creativity flow and experiment with these innovative hacks to take your plant-based cooking to new heights. Whether you're a seasoned vegan or just starting to explore dairy-free options, these ideas will undoubtedly leave you craving more of the delectable goodness that vegan cheese brings to your culinary creations. Happy cooking!

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