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Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Cheese

Written by PETA | June 25, 2015

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Vegan cheesemakers are busy these days providing us with delicious, compassionate concoctions—and new brands are popping up all over the place. The availability of new products, along with our favorite vegan cheese staples, makes it an exciting time for vegans. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list for your pleasure:

Shreds

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Shreds are the star of this awesome recipe: Vegan Pizza in Five Steps.

Pizza

Blocks and Wedges

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  • Daiya: Cheddar, Jack, Jalapeño Havarti, and Smoked Gouda (Find it.)
  • Ste Martaen: Colby, Muenster, Pepper Jack, Olive, and Smoked Gouda (Find it.)
  • Punk Rawk Labs: Cashew Original, Cashew Herb, and Cashew Smoked (Find it.)
  • Bute Island Foods: Blue, Cheshire, Chives, Edam, Gouda, Medium Cheddar, Melty Mild Cheddar, Melty Red Cheddar, Mozzarella, Smoked Cheddar, and Strong Cheddar (Find it.)
  • Miyoko’s Kitchen: High Sierra Rustic Alpine, Aged English Sharp FarmhouseAged English Smoked Farmhouse, and Country Style Herbes de Provence (Find it.)
  • Dr-Cow: Aged Cashew Nuts, Aged Macadamia Nuts, Aged Cashew & Brazil Nuts, Aged Cashew & Hemp Seeds, Aged Cashew & Dulse Flakes, Aged Cashew & Blue Green Algae, and Aged Cashew & Kale (Find it.)
  • Treeline: Classic Aged Nut Cheese, and Cracked Pepper Aged Nut Cheese (Find it.)

Here’s one way to use your block of “cheese”: Caprese-Style Party Appetizer.

Caprese Appetizers 539

Slices

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Rock and roll with vegan cheese slices with this recipe: Faux-Turkey and “Cheese” Roll-Up.

Faux Turkey Roll-Up

Cream ‘Cheese’

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Try our favorite recipe using cream “cheese”: “Bacon” and “Cream Cheese” Stuffed Mushrooms.

'Bacon' Stuffed Mushrooms

Soft ‘Cheeses’

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  • Treeline: Herb-Garlic Soft French-Style, Scallion Soft French-Style, Chipotle-Serrano Soft French-Style,  and Green Peppercorn Soft French-Style (Find it.)
  • Miyoko’s Kitchen: Classic Double Cream Chive, Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic, Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf, Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash, French Style Winter Truffle, Double Cream Garlic Herb (Find it.)
  • Kite Hill: Artisan Almond Soft Fresh Original, Artisan Almond Soft Ripened, and Artisan Almond Soft Fresh Truffle Dill and Chive (Find it.)

Parmesan

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Add a little Italian Parmesan to your mac and cheese:

Nacho ‘Cheese’

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This recipe will become a classic for your vegan diet: Loaded Nachos with Cashew Cheese.

Loaded Nachos

Ricotta

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Use vegan ricotta to make a lasagne like this one: Tofu-Spinach Lasagne.

tofu lasagna

Other

This combination of spice and bleu “cheese” is divine: Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” with bleu “cheese” dressing.

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You can also make your own delicious cashew cheese!

We hope you’ve learned a lot about the vegan cheese scene. Now, check out our guide to artisan “cheeses” that even your fanciest friends will enjoy, such as products by Treeline Treenut Cheese and Miyoko’s Kitchen.

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