As if to taunt me at the start of my local eating project, my shipment of Teese arrived just as I was beginning my week-long challenge. Though I was super-elated to see those long, round tubes of supposedly melty vegan mozzerella, I knew it was hands off until my locavore week was complete.
But now that I'm back on regular eats (food miles and all), I've ripped open the Teese and put it to the test. I'm probably the last vegan blogger to try this new "cheese" product, so bare with me. Inspired by Melisser's (of The Urban Housewife) Teese tests, I started with a Grilled Teese Sandwich:
Now, I recall her Teese being a little meltier than this, but she made hers in a sandwich press. I used a plain old skillet. As you can see, the sliced Teese has retained its original shape, though it did begin to soften as though it was starting to melt. While frying the grilled cheese, I topped the skillet with a lid to trap in moisture.
I seem to remember someone on some blog (maybe Jess of Get Sconed) saying that Teese melts best when shredded or cut into tiny bits. And that's probably where I messed up here, since I sliced mine pretty thick.
But regardless of its melty factor, Teese is delicious! Way better than Vegan Rella, and similar in taste to Follow Your Heart mozzerella. But it's flavor is a tad bit more buttery, and that was an excellent complement to the melted Earth Balance on my grilled Teese sandwich. Next I will try the famed Teese Pizza.
By the way, I need to thank my Daddy for ordering the Teese. He placed an order with Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe several weeks ago. Here's the whole stash:
My dad actually picked all this stuff out by himself. I have the best dad in the world! He's not even close to being vegan, but he knows what I like — Tings, two tubes of Teese, two Cashew Pecan Nut Butter Balls, one Almond Nut Butter Ball, Stonewall's Mild Veggie Jerquee, Primal Strips Shitake Mushroom Hot & Spicy Jerky, Primal Strips Soy Hickory Smoked Jerky, Larabar Jocalat Chocolate Coffee Bar, and two bumper stickers for my new car (pictured below).
In tribute to the SHAC7:
Because it's true: