The other night I made pizza and as Adam and I were quietly gobbling up our slices I heard him mumble: “Poor vegans, they could never enjoy this!” Since I love all kinds of food, I follow quite a few vegetarian and vegan bloggers so I’ve heard many of them rave about daiya cheese. Daiya cheese is dairy free and soy free – it’s basically made of tapioca flour, oils and gums. While I’m obviously not vegan (or lactose intolerant for that matter) and would always prefer an organic version of dairy cheese, I was curious. So curious in fact, that I wanted to have a cheese throwdown!
Does vegan cheese taste like “real” cheese? Or at least, can it taste good?
I present to you, the contestants!
I halved one small pita and made little pita pizzas. Daiya topped pizza:
Lite (dairy) cheese pizza:
After 5 minutes in the toaster oven (quickest dinner ever!)
Can you tell what’s what?
Yup, that’s daiya cheese – didn’t melt as much but I’m sure it would if I gave it more time in the oven. I just wanted to compare the two with the same oven times.
“Regular” pizza with light cheese melted a bit better for sure. But how did these taste?
This lite cheese is not great but I’m more about the crust, sauce and toppings when it comes to pizza. Daiya mozzarella cheese tasted rich and cheesy but unfortunately it tasted like blue cheese to me, not mozzarella… and I can’t stand blue cheese. I took a second bite to give it another chance but just couldn’t stomach it. 20 minutes later Adam was home and gobbled up my leftover half with Daiya. He said to tell you all that it tasted really good, blue cheesy but way better than he thought. And he doesn’t pity vegans as much anymore… that’s basically a quote.
Have you ever had vegan cheese? What did you think? It was fun conducting this little experiment! Anything else you’ve been wondering about? Maybe I can be your guinea pig.
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