Not pictured: the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten. I’m really bad at food photography.
We went to the Magic Kingdom two days during our Disney World trip. On the first day, we ate at Cinderella’s Castle. But that’s an expensive, once-per-trip (at most) expedition. We went with something more low-key (and less expensive), The Liberty Tree Tavern.
Like Cinderella’s Castle, Liberty Tree had a few great vegan options on the main menu. We had corn fritters for an appetizer, and I ate the “Vegetarian Proclamation” sandwich. It was amazing, just filled with seasonal vegetables like squash and zucchini and mushrooms. The entire flavor was just too good. I said “I want to just stay here and eat more of these sandwiches all day. I don’t need any more rides.”
Needless to say, we left and did more rides. But the sandwich was just that good.
This isn’t a very expensive meal by Disney standards, but you will need reservations. There just isn’t really any way to get a walk-in.
Vegan Grilled Cheese, that is, starring Cheddar Flavored Daiya, 100% cow-free. Which is good for the lactose-intolerant, as well as vegans. It’s doubly good for folks like me that are both.
Here’s how I make my grilled “Cheese” (daiya) sandwiches:
- Lightly toast two slices of bread. Toasting keeps the sandwich from getting soggy. I usually use setting 1 or 2 on our toaster.
- Put a skillet on the burner at just higher than medium heat (6 out of 10)
- Spread both sides of each slice of toast with vegan margarine.
- Assemble the sandwich on the skillet
- Cook until each side is golden brown and the daiya is melted. You’ll have to mind it the whole time and flip it more than once.
- You’ll provably have to press it down with a spatula before it’s done. That’s okay. Grilled “cheese” is supposed to have ridges and variations.
- Eat and enjoy
Okay, I know this isn’t a huge, overwhelmingly complicated process, and I know you could have figured this out yourself, but the grilled “cheese” (daiya) sandwiches I’ve been eating lately have been so darn good I just had to share.
Okay, so I haven’t had a grilled cheese sandwich in over a year. Even before I became vegan, when I ate lots of cheese, I rarely had something melty enough for a property grilled cheese.
And I thought I’d never have one again, now that I’m eating plant- based.
Then I saw daiya in a grocery store. It’s not exactly a local store, but it’s in a city we visit occasionally anyway.
Yesterday, I bought a package (cheddar flavor), and tonight I made a grilled “cheese” sandwich, using vegan margarine and bread.
I am in love! I can have grilled “cheese” again! One of my ultimate childhood comfort foods!
And I am pretty sure it was the best grilled cheese sandwich I ever had.
Daiya isn’t perfect: I did not like it one bit when I tried to eat it cold, with crackers. But hot and melty? Yes, please!
Now, I surely won’t eat this stuff like I used to eat cheese: the stiff price tag and long drive to find it will prevent that. But I can have it when I really want it, and that makes me smile.