The following is a true representation of our mornings before my discovery of making the perfect dairy free cheese sandwich:
“Mom, I don’t want to eat this.” (Pushes the plate away.)
“But Munsur, you love peanut butter sandwiches.”
“But I looove crispy cheese more.”
“Munsur, that’s not breakfast food, it’s a snack. Now what do you want to eat????”
“What do I want to eat? I told you what I want to eat but you don’t want to make it for me! So, I want to eat nothing. I’m not hungry.”
“__” (<— My face.)
No kidding, this used to be my and Munsur’s conversation almost every single morning. And because Sofia is our little Xerox machine at home, she spits verbatim his words and sides with him.
Mornings were typically challenging for us because breakfasts were the usual peanut butter and honey or cereal. Soon enough kids get bored and further frustrate you when they push their plate away or shake their heads in discontent when you offer them other foods (see scenario above).
If only we can teach them to communicate their needs and wants better. When it comes to their needs and wants they have communication down to a T. It’s everything else you try to get out of them that seems almost impossible to do. But their ‘needs’ and wants, that’s a non issue.
It isn’t difficult to see that living a dairy-free lifestyle (and with other food allergies) certainly presents itself with challenges, especially in the mornings when trying to figure out what to make for breakfast becomes a daunting task. That is, until I’ve discovered how to make the perfect grilled dairy free cheese sandwich!
Thanks to the number of options that have increased recently, all that’s required of us is to think outside the conventional method of doing things we’ve become accustomed to and conditioned to follow. For example, making a cheese sandwich.
Picture the most delicious cheese sandwich in your hand, perfectly heated until the cheese melts and binds the two breads together. The cheese oozes out of the sliced bread ever so perfectly and fills your heart with warmth as you take your first bite, chasing it down with a cold glass of dairy free milk…. It’s a spectacular experience my friends!
(Sofia tired of waiting for me to finish shooting!)
It has been my experience that dairy free cheeses’ melting point isn’t exactly like that of dairy cheese. And that’s perfectly OK! When I’ve attempted to make cheese sandwich the way I knew how to, I failed because the cheese shreds wouldn’t melt and when you took a bite out of your sandwich, you were essentially left with eating bread and scooping the cheese shreds off your plate with your fingers. Quite unsightly.
And although there are dairy free cheese slices out there, either their taste isn’t to my liking or they contain carrageenan which as most of you may know from a few of my previous posts, is a contributor to inflammation in the gut and so I try my best to stay away from that particular ingredient.
The way I’m about to show you will revolutionize the grilled cheese sandwich making experience forever! Ok maybe not, but it is such a good way to get the perfect ooziness and the melting of your heart comment earlier.
Perhaps the best part is that it takes a couple of minutes to make which in today’s times is a perfect thing. Less time on food prep equals more time to finish the never ending to-do list.
You’ll notice that I have pictures with different kinds of bread. You can use really any type of bread your heart desires. Which means that the amount of cheese listed is approximate and you can obviously use more or less depending on the size and the amount of cheese you’d like in your sandwich. The important thing about this post is more so the technique to achieving the yummiest of cheese sandwiches.
Enjoy making and eating this delicious breakfast, lunch, and anytime food. :)
- 3/4-1C Daiya dairy free cheese shreds (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Pepperjack), or dairy free cheese of choice
- 1 pita bread loaf, separated OR
- 4 slices of bread
- Place cheese shreds on a pan and heat on high until cheese begins to melt and stick together.
- Add either a slice of bread, or half of pita loaf, carefully pressing down with spatula to help bind the cheese to the bread. Approximately 10 seconds.
- Using a spatula, turn bread over so that cheese is facing up, and place the other slice of bread or pita half.
- Press firmly using your spatula. Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute (depending on the crispy-ness that's desired).
- Flip sandwich and cook a further 30 seconds before removing from heat.
- Slice into desired pieces and serve.
1. Place cheese shreds on a pan and heat on high until cheese begins to melt and stick together.
2. Add desired bread (slice of bread or half of pita loaf) carefully pressing down with spatula to help bind the cheese to the bread. Approximately 10 seconds.
3. Using a spatula, turn bread over so that cheese is facing up, and top with the other slice of bread or pita half.
4. Press firmly using your spatula. Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute (depending on the crispy-ness that’s desired).
5. Flip sandwich and cook a further 30 seconds before removing from heat.
6. Slice into desired pieces and serve.
Enjoy it with a side of fruit or a glass of milk. Any way you choose to eat your cheese sandwich, make sure you enjoy the experience. :)
Bon appétit! xo